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A historic moment

I thought this week would never get here.

Finally, though, it's arrived and I couldn't be more excited.

One of the biggest reasons for my excitement is that our country now has a new commander-in-chief. President Barack Obama became our nation's 44th president on Tuesday. The ceremony brought out nearly two million people to witness history, including some students from McDuffie County.

It marked the biggest crowd to ever assemble for a presidential inauguration. It even surpassed the famous march on Washington that was led by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Though I wasn't there to witness such a historical event in person, I was fortunate to have the opportunity of watching it live at the Thomson Depot, where a number of members from Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson and others saw President Obama take the nation's highest oath of office.

Elsewhere in our area, students assembled at the George Holliman Auditorium at Warren County High/Middle School on Tuesday to watch live, too. Again, students, teachers, administrators and others got an opportunity to witness history.

I sensed a new era in America - not just politically speaking - but from a uniting of people that hasn't been seen before in our great nation.

Tuesday was an exciting and historical time for President Obama, his family and America.

I welcome our new president into office - not because he's our nation's first black president - but because I believe he has the intelligence to be serving in that position. I also believe that President Obama will make us an exceptional leader.

I not only supported his campaign with contributions, but voted for him, too. And I'm not ashamed to publicly admit such.

Our country needs help as we find ourselves in two different wars, Iraq and Afghanistan and in deep despair, economically speaking on the homefront.

I believe President Obama can help our country become the great country it used to be on many levels, but it won't happen overnight. He's even admitted that on many occasions - even before becoming president. Change will take time. My best guess is that it will take at least two years before we see some substantial changes - such as our economy returning to some sort of normalcy and the jobless rate that has skyrocketed of late spiraling downward.

I sincerely hope that President Obama has a great four years in the White House and can help restore faith back into Americans that our nation's government can work for all of us in many ways, if lawmakers will work together, instead of bickering. Such practice hasn't worked in the past and it won't in the future.

Web posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009

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