Mr. President

What a day. My parish nursing orientation began in the most appropriate manner – we all met at the student union and delayed our business to watch the swearing in of President Obama and his inaugural address. I think I’ll get the goosebumps every time I see, hear, or say that phrase for many days/weeks/months to come.

President Obama. *Shivers*

Although my own volunteer efforts waxed and waned with family commitments and a very trying two years of my own, I was behind the man from the start. I remember watching that fateful keynote speech in ’04 and crying alone in my apartment because I was so moved. And I thought to myself, “That man will be president someday.” Little did any of us know. And I’ll remember where I was and what I was doing today for the rest of my life. I’ll be able to tell my children and grandchildren about this historic and momentous occasion.

1.20.09 used to be the last day of Bush’s presidency. Reason enough for me to celebrate. But it’s taken on a whole new meaning. No longer is it simply the end of a disastrous era. It’s a new dawn in a new world. We all have a lot of work to do. But I think the difference is that I’ll wake up tomorrow and believe that we can do it together.

And we have a president who believes it too.

I’ve never been prouder to be an American.

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