It’s a New Day: Barack Hussein Obama Becomes the First African-American President of the United States of America

President Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America
President Obama became the 44th President of the United States of American on January 20, 2009

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.

will.i.am’s It’s A New Day Video

2 thoughts

  1. i get teary-eyed every time i think of it. i also love how (*tear tear tear*) michelle looks at him with such pride. *sigh* i join you that this is on of the few times i feel proud to be an american. i’m not sure if that means i’ll start reciting the pledge of allegiance with my class, but baby steps.

  2. The love and respect between Barack and Michelle is simply beautiful. I heart Michelle and Barack (and Malia and Sasha). lol. As they danced, I kept saying “Ohh, go get a room!!” lol.

    What’s rather interesting is that most Black folks I have spoken to count this election as one of the few times they have been really proud to be an American. However, most of the White folks I have spoken to are still bitter about Michelle’s comment and view such a sentiment as unpatriotic. The day after the inauguration, two White co-workers were still harping about this and expressed distaste towards Michelle because of it. One said, “Well, I have always been proud to be an American” as I envisioned myself rolling my eyes. I just wanted to yell, “Get the hell over it and fall back. Life ain’t been no crystal stairs for er’body. Every Black person can’t be crazy! Maybe there’s a reason why Michelle and many Black folks feel that way!” Of course a White co-worker stopped talking to me for two weeks after I set his soul on fire about Jeremiah Wright. So, I just kept my feelngs to myself this time. lol.

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