Tuesday, January 20, 2009

All Hail to the Chief!

As The White House website says, "A Change Has Come to America!"

"All Hail to the Chief!"
The 44th President of the United States
Barack H. Obama



I was very moved by his Inauguration Address:

"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.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America."

You can read the address in it's entirety here.

Today, I am so very proud to be an American!!!!

25 comments:

  1. Me too! What an amazing speech! I can't wait for him to get started.

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  2. Carolyn, Congratulations on your new president. What a woderful day!

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  3. The speech was amazing and beautiful!

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  4. It has been a great day! I've been watching and reading all day. We are so very lucky to have a great leader.

    Prayers go out to Uncle Teddy...

    Let the parade begin :)

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  5. Carolyn - one of the things I noticed was the sheer poetry of his speech. This is a guy who understands the power of the spoken word - he's well read, got great rhythm and has a way of structuring that is just wonderful. After 8 years of "My Pet Goat" - having someone who is intelligent, forceful, and moving is going to be sheer heaven.

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  6. Carolyn,
    My favorite part (outside of the whole great spectacle itself!) was the interviews with the elderly people in the crowd. They have witnessed it all come full circle. Their tears are truly tears of joy.
    Marguerite

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  7. This is the first time in my adult life when I have been proud to be an American. I proudly stood with our President as he sang the Star Spangled Banner - something I have refused to do for a number of years. I am so, so, so moved with emotion and euphoria. I can't even explain. I think now we need to help him see his vision for our country. Let us all commit to acts of volunteerism and service.

    Lynn

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  8. Now go sew! You have reminded me of the kids in the Disney commercials all weekend - I'm too excited to sleep! I'm anxious to get home tonight and see this replayed. g

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  9. My sentiments exactly girl. Can't wait for my dh to get home so I can get all the scoops.

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  10. If this speech can move a white Australian girl to tears, I can only imagine how powerful it must be for someone actually living there! I feel proud today, too, and look forward to good things.

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  11. Hi Carolyn:
    Today was truly special. I loved watching every minute. I'm watching online and enjoying the parade! This is everyone's day!

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  12. I've been a naturalized citizen of the U.S. for almost 25 years, and NEVER have I felt like a TRULY PROUD American until today. This is an amazing thing. God bless our new president, his family, and God bless America.

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  13. I was moved just as many American's, I sat today holding my 1.5 yr old and cried through most of the service. That was a great moment when you said those amazing words. Then later today and going to pick up my 4 yr old and his teacher telling me that He Loudly told his class that his mommy and daddy voted for President Obama and today was his day. And that we should all be very proud and happy.
    Gave me that same chill all over again. They watched all of it in his class today.
    What an amazing day for our country.

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  14. Hi Carolyn,
    Today is a great day for all of us especially those that thought this day would never come.May he be the example to all young children that every American can someday be president.
    We wish our President well especially in these difficult times.

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  15. and on a fashion-related note in terms of who made Michelle Obama's amazing ensemble and what it was made of (DC was freezing cold today; I could not figure out how Mrs. Obama was walking around in what looked like lace), by way of the NY Times:
    "Ms. (Isabel)Toledo, who has been making clothes in New York for 25 years, said the coat and dress were made of Swiss wool lace, backed with netting for warmth and lined in French silk. “I wanted to pick a very optimistic color, that had sunshine,” she said. “I wanted her to feel charmed, and in that way would charm everybody.” Ms. Toledo sounded overwhelmed. “This is so wonderful,” she said."
    There you have it -- Wool Lace. I anticipate calls for this fabric were being made this morning...

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  16. Great speech, I've only been able to read the text so far, but looking forward to the rebroadcast tonight!

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  17. It is a pleasure to listen to a man who can speak English again! The speech was moving, and eloquent and made me remember how good it is to be an American. Fashion wise, wow! I don't know how she wasn't freezing, but she sure was gorgeous. Glad to know that I got it right, about the wool lace. One of the anchors thought that it was brocade. So much for his knowledge of fabric.

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  18. I cried enough to wonder if I would be dehydrated by the time the inaugural balls began. It was just magnificent. The speech had a message for everybody -- for 6.5 billion people. MSNBC kept showing a man, undoubtedly a veteran, in the crowd who stood at firm salute -- probably for at least an hour -- during the ceremony. I think he must have felt, "at last we have a commander in chief I am thrilled to salute." And did you catch Obama's professorial wink when he slowed down so that Chief Justice Roberts could have a chance to undo his flub with the oath? It'll be days before I can come down to earth again.

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  19. It was an amazing speech. I was glad to be home in time to follow the ceremony. So impressive to see so many people together to celebrate this moment. And knowing that this moment was seen all around the world. Truly historical (that word was said so many times in the television comments yesterday evening).

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  20. Amen! I have been crying since yesterday morning. Words can not express the joy and anticipation of hope and prosperity to us all.

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  21. I cried watching the first dance. What a beautiful moment!

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  22. It was one of the proudest days of my life. I am still amazed and in awe that this happened. And very very very happy!

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