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[img_assist|nid=72913|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=82]She swallows the sensational anticipation in the crisp January air, the beat of her spirit thumping pushes her forward onto the Metro. Her anxiety slices into her thoughts, but the knife is quickly removed as she joins in the melodies and chants of the crowds. She prays for the seal of protection from God to heal her from enemies and bring her inbound safely to the victory line.

It’s Tuesday, January 20, 2009 and it’s a marathon to arrive on the National Mall. She steps near the Capital Grounds to be a witness to history as Mr. Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in to be the 44th president of the United States and the first African American to be our nation’s leader.

“We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward the precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.”


The ability and accessibility to take part in a monumental day is a gift, it’s hard to know who to thank, so glory be to God. The danger of a terrorist attack or big crowds, family tension, roommate confusion and potential awkward reunions among friends almost made her cancel the trip for inauguration weekend. But here she stands!

Standing at 15th and Jefferson a few blocks in front of the Washington Monument, she breathes in unity. Although she can’t see if Obama cut himself shaving this morning, the jumbo trons bring her closer to political power and she merges into the love fest with a diverse crowd. Although her vote goes across party lines, Barack Obama carefully delivers his work plan with a smile and sincerity sustaining her, while also rejecting the critics and the racists. His conviction to address dangerous issues with bipartisanship and with transparency and grace, adds to the optimism she carries and the journalistic character demanding the truth and accountability.

“Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon our success depends—hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism—these things are old. These things are old. These things are true. ..What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required is a new era of responsibility.”


She is happy to be included in this inauguration weekend, receiving text message updates from the mysterious yet embracing 563-33. It’s as though the inauguration board and event planners are her buddies inviting her for a night out, or the President her mentor, sending her messages of inspiration and wanting to be connected with her. She gets invited to attend concerts, join in on service for MLK day, and be aware of safety concerns and metro delays.

Her feet are numb from the cold and her body exhausted from the journey, she almost falls into a daze. The President calls her attention. She is hiding in the back of the classroom, but he sees her sunflower eyes and lean body and impromptly calls out her name. Her civic participation and active citizenship is called for, her faithfulness requested.

“For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.”

She listens to the request, ponders the efforts of political engagement and asks God to bless the President and use her faithfulness in the success of his term throughout the next four years.

“America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back, nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.”