This past Tuesday, January 20, 2009 we inaugurated our 44th president into office. But as we all know, it was more than just an inauguration, it was history in the making. I don't know about all of you but I maybe even got goose-bumps as I was watching our FIRST African-American President being sworn in.
On the night of the election, after Obama had secured his victory, I wrote something so I could remember that night and how I felt. Here is what I wrote:
"I now politics are a touchy subject. Believe me, I know. I live in Provo, Utah of all places. Living in such a conservative state, I try to avoid any talk of politics. But today I feel inclined to say a little something regarding today's election results.
Today Senator Barack Obama was elected to be President of the United States. Regardless of political parties, it was an historic day for America. Today we elected our first African-American President, a major breakthrough in U.S. history. Although it has been a tumultuous few years, I still feel so proud to be an American. Today was a big stepping stone toward equality. America was able to put race aside and elect the person they felt most suited for the job. When just decades ago people of other races didn't have the right to vote. We have come a long way. I sincerely hope the next four years will be better than the last. "
I'm glad I took the time to sit down that night and write how I felt. It gives me the opportunity to look back, 20 years down the road, and tell my kids what that day meant to me, and America.
Although I think that President Obama has his work cut out for him in the next four years, I do believe that he will do a great job and bring this country out of our current recession. Change has come to America, that is for sure.