As of Tuesday, January 21, 2009, President Barack Obama has proven to me that it is no longer a theory that I can be whatever I aspire to be. President Obama has the desire to see every individual in this nation succeed, and is charismatic enough to draw people together to achieve this goal by running the country, which is a beneficial need for all of us. Yet, President Obama and his wife Michelle have African ancestors like me. They also look like me, sound like me, and understand my experiences as a black American, and this is the point that I believe many black Americans wanted this nation to understand. This is the first time in my life that I feel like an American, and am proud to be an American.
During Obama’s inauguration America watched a man of color stand tall and proud, filled with grace and humility, repeating an oath that only 43 other men in our nation’s history have had the privilege to speak. He was serious, respectful, gracious, and was keenly aware that this moment, his moment, was the moment of all Americans whether they were black or white, privileged or impoverished. Obama made clear from his very first days as a candidate that he was someone running for president who happened to be black not a black man running for president. But, in his inauguration speech Tuesday, Obama acknowledged how far African Americans had come in the country with one emotional line. "This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath."
The historical significance of the 2008 presidential campaign and President Obama’s election to the White House is not only the newly created tradition in America’s political landscape, but the... [continues]
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