President Barack Hussein Obama 2009 Inauguration and Address
For the second time in my adult life, I am really proud to be an American. The first time was in the aftermath of 9/11, when people of all races, religions, socioeconomic strata, political ideologies and backgrounds banded together to search for, rescue, help, and encourage those affected by the terrorist attacks. When patriotism and a shared humanity were the glue that united us against a common enemy.
The question has often been asked, Can an African-American be President? But, there has never been any doubt about whether an African-American could possess the intelligence, qualifications and character to rival even the best – and worst – of any past American President. Rather, the underlying question really was, Can America move beyond its deeply rooted, historical prejudices long enough and far enough to elect an African-American as President?
Until November 4, 2008, the answer for many was a resounding No. And then we became cautiously optimistic. And then we did. We got over ourselves long enough to elect a Black man whose middle name is Hussein. We saw past the fear mongering and the battle of the victims. We tapped into our shared humanity, concerns and priorities. We recognized the many splendid faces of patriotism. We were inspired. We made history. We elected Barack Hussein Obama. It’s a new day.
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