Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Out With the Old . . . In With the New!

(At the risk of once again aggravating my Utah neighbors - that's not my intention with this post. I just can't help but feel pretty good today, even though I am certainly in the minority in my community.)

Good-bye Mr. Bush . . .

and Hello Mr. President!To quote from his inauguration speech:

"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. . . ."

". . . Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny."

Regardless of your politics, I hope that all of us are ready for what's ahead. And I also hope that President Obama can meet the massive challenges before him. God bless America!


Lydia said...

It was a monumental day for our country.