I normally do not touch on politics or any matter relating to it with a ten foot pole. Hell, i barely watch the news as it is. However, in this particular instance, i just had to log in and write about President Obama's inauguration yesterday.
I only managed to catch it this morning here and i'm so glad i did. Twice. Looking at the crowd that turned up in the winter cold just so they could be apart of the defining moment in American history, it was very moving. I think he did such a great job with his inauguration speech. Its was very succinct and so .... inspiring. One of my favourite part;
"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."
And more than anything, i think he is such a genuine person. His demeanour, his affection towards his wife and kids, that wide warm smile.
Oh, and did you see the pictures on them dancing at the inauguration ball? Love! You can literally feel the love oozing between this two. Such sweetness... I like the fact that Michelle chose a relatively unknown designer to design her white gown. I mean she could have chosen any top designer out there but she chose a 26 year old, a Taipei native who is currently based in New York. And the designer of her "lemongrass" suit is Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, a low profile designer whom has been in the trade for 20 years. How's that for diversity?
picture from here
the jubilation, the tears, the sheer joy, i'm glad to be part of it from a thousand miles away...