Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

January 19, 2009

Yesterday, more star power was assembled in Washington D.C. than at any other time in recent memory. From “The Boss” to Beyonce, the music flowed and the accolades poured. In a celebration more like a rock concert than a pre-inaugural celebration President-elect Obama did not waiver. A day filled with rhythm and revelry brought to a close with his usual elequence and poise.

A few excerpts from his speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial yesterday:

“In the course of our history, only a handful of generations have been asked to confront challenges as serious as the ones we face right now. Our nation is at war. Our economy is in crisis……I won’t pretend that meeting any one of these challenges will be easy……But never forget that the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease, but by the right we do when the moment is hard. I ask you to help reveal that character once more, and together, we can carry forward as one nation, and one people, the legacy of our forefathers that we celebrate today.”

You may find the full transcript at:

Lincoln Memorial Speech

The New York Times also has the transcript, yet their version mysteriously leaves off Obama’s last two sentences: “Thank you, America. God Bless you.” Has the Times become so devoid of ethics that the editorial staff now won’t even print the remarks word for word if they contain the one word most evil to them? God? Don’t believe me, here’s the link, compare it for yourself.

NY Times Godless Transcript

Today, we remember Martin Luther King, Jr., a fiery southern preacher who also used prose and poise to energize a generation before to “hope” and “dream” for “change”. Obama’s own inauguration a testament to just how much this country has changed over the past forty years.

Obama’s official statement:

Official MLK Day Statement

His essay written for the Washington Times:

W-Times Essay

King’s “I have a dream” transcript with audio link:

Dream Text & Audio

Tomorrow, the eyes of the world will once again look upon in wonder as this place we call home, this place called America fulfills yet another dream and Barack Obama assumes his place in history as the 44th President of these, The United States of America. For tomorrow, this “great experiment” we call democracy, will certify a result that to many was a dream deemed impossible.

Much ado has been made about Obama being the first “black” President. While true, his skin tone is a product of an African father, his success is a product of a mother, grandmother and many others along his journey. He is not just another “black” politician. His story is purely “American”. His inauguration the product of a people who, throughout their existence have, in spite of their flaws, have somehow always managed to do the right thing.

God speed Mr. Obama.
Centuries of history are behind you, the American people are with you, and the future awaits you.

For online inaugural coverage I suggest the CNN and CSPAN links below:

CNN Inaugural Coverage

CSPAN Coverage

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