Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The 44th.

"As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals."

This is my choice for most quotable line in the inaugural address of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama.

The President laid the cornerstone for a new global role of the United States. He laid it firmly:

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

No one is in a better position to do the rebuilding. No one is more capable.

"The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works."

The President's simple and direct words brings to a close an era where we argue over process and never get to action.

No one has more "street cred" on this.

Having highlighted these moments, I was even more impressed with the work as a whole.

And for the LGBT there is the new website of the Office of the President.

Support for the LGBT Community
"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect."

-- Barack Obama, June 1, 2007

(click here to read it all)

To close the ceremony, The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery's gave benediction. The co-founder with Martin Luther King Jr. of the Southern Leadership Conference preached it! AMEN.

What an amazing day which could not even be marred by the hubris of he who shall not be named. I have sworn that I will remain positive, and I recovered quickly. (And The President's math mistake.) More on that tomorrow, but as for today... POSITIVE.

It is a new day. This is the day that God has made. Let us rejoice!

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