It was one of those moments of a lifetime. Millions lined the mall in our nation’s capital and every seat in the Bay Street Theater of Sag Harbor was filled. Crowds both in the theater and all over the country cheered and hissed depending on whose faces were shown on the Jumbotrons set up all over America. It was like the Woodstock Nation, the Viet Nam War protesters, the Million Man March on Washington, Earth Day and Farm Aid crowds had finally gotten their man elected. And Barack Obama did not fail a single soul; he took the moment and marched into American mythology right in front of the eyes of the largest audience to witness anything since the world began.
Right from the start as the small town crowd in Sag Harbor started to fill the seats of the . There was an electric enthusiasm perhaps a Beatle’s reunion could have mustered. Neighbors waved to neighbors and strangers talking to strangers like they were neighbors. The Change was upon the multitude. The sea change was happening before their eyes, the dark was in fact becoming a new dawn, and the clumsy negative ways of the past gave forth to a regal smoothness that uplifted every spirit so that no foot anywhere was in fact on the ground. Old black women around the country had tears, younger citizens stood tall knowing they had made a difference, older people marveled at it all. There was no doubt anywhere in the world that real change had come to America. Two small girls, so young, so delicate, propelled a new first family into the annals of forever as their parents the new First Lady of the land and the new 44th President of the United States sheparded their family on their big day.
The ceremony was the closest thing the United States has to a coronation of a king. But it was more, it was in fact perhaps the exclamation point of a proclamation that all men are created equal and opportunity can propel anyone to any position based on merit and ability.
President Barack Obama is now, Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, but also Tyler, Van Buren, Johnson, Nixon, Hoover and Grant. He is capable now of great things and forever blunders because he now has been given the trust of the American populace to lead this nation where his vision believes it should go.
With an Inaugural Address that was delivered like a proclamation from God to his children, the new President displayed his orator skills that in America today are second to none. The march he must lead a nation on seems to be equal to the retreat to Valley Forge, the charges at Gettysburg and the Normandy invasion, all in one.
With confidence and credibility corrupted to its core in so many sectors of out nation’s fabric, President Obama stands ready to lift the total being of the whole nation back to a charge forward to forever greatness. Who does not wish him well? Who does not believe all must be done to get a great country back in perfect step with itself and the world? Everything that is, which was not created by nature itself was once but a thought in a mind.
On this Inaugural Day the country was one heartbeat, one conviction of purpose, one united front to face the huge obstacles events of the immediate past all well as the dark part of our history have created to halt the dream of prosperity, peace and happiness. Aretha Franklin, sang, the quartet of multiple ethnic background musicians performed, the poet read and the band played on, but it was the very visible portrayal that real change has come to America, real change in the form of one President Barack Obama that was the shock and awe of a bombless assault on all that was thought to be impossible becoming into being. Success and failure are the ropes that must be handled, managed and secured.
The counter culture is now the main stream. The underdog is now the empowered; the future will now be forever different. The chains of the past held back too many for too long. Today will forever be a day when the idea of metal chains of the past no longer being able to hold back a nation and its future.