Sunday, January 25, 2009
This past 7 days may have been some of the most historic days in our nations almost 233 year old lifetime. On Tuesday January 20th we saw 2 million plus people gather in the heart of D.C. to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama. It was during 4th period when the world heard Barack Obama take his "shaky" oath to become the President of the United States of America. I was in the Gaffney Auditorium when President Obama was sworn in. If you have seen this weeks edition of the Winnetka Talk or Wilmette Life you can see the back of my head on the front page, where it shows students gathering in Gaffney to watch Obama. It was truly a remarkable experience. Listening to the roars and chants on the television and also from inside the auditorium was stunning. When I was watching the oath and listening to him stuble a bit, I thought about how much pressure Barack Obama is under. He has to revive our country from it's second worst economic state ever. He is thrown into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also he will be the stepping stone for future African American's and the dreams of becoming a president. If Obama doesn't excel in his time as president, many people will stereotype African Americans as not being successful presidents and might hurt that race in the long run. I hope Obama does bring our country from some of its greatest depths and really CHANGE this country forever.