A New Day

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

I'd forgotten how much I loved Inauguration day.


When I was a kid it seemed like Ronald Reagan was president for 50 years.  My whole life seemed to be on an endless loop of Mr. Reagan in the White House and SNL parodies of him.  Would there ever be another president, I often wondered.  Then when I was 14, it finally happened.  George H.W. Bush was sworn in as the next president.  It was my first Inauguration day and I was thrilled to watch it.  Not because of the spectacle or any hatred for the last guy, but because it was a change.  It was really cool to me that our country had a new leader for the first time I could remember.  I didn't have to wait that long for the next Inauguration day, but I realized in 1992, the whole longing-for-a-change feeling doesn't really get ramped up until having to wait out a second term.  But it was still fun to see the country go in a whole new, younger direction.  Eight years later, I was again excited about a totally different character coming to the White House and how the country would change again. 

I feel the same this time around, although I think the Inauguration coverage is a bit much.  But then I have to stop and remember-- it's Barack Obama-- the first black president ever.  Talk about a change!  So, the excitement is bigger than ever after another 8-year term, mainly because it's obvious our country needs to change.  Who knows if just changing the leader will help, but there seems to be a need for change in a lot of places in this great land of ours.  And great is about the only word you can use.  Look back on the last three Inauguration days.  Look at the difference in the three men coming to office as compared to the one's they left behind.  Bill Clinton, the young Democrat from Arkansas with eyes for boosting the economy, taking over for Bush 41.  Followed by the cowboy from Texas, George W. Bush, looking to keep America safe.  Not a perfect guy by any means, but what many thought of as, an average American in the White House.  Supplant him with a young black man from Chicago, maybe the most inspirational President since Kennedy.  An orator who makes many think of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. 

I think America should be proud of the fact we can elect three vastly different men to lead our country and in turn provide me with another Inauguration day that gives me goose bumps and hope that the next change will be a good one.

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  • by Jason Location: Newsroom on Jan 21, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    Pam, I don't think you need to be disappointed-- bi-racial doesn't necessarily mean not black. But you know what, I'm going to let someone with a strong grip on her black heritage handle this. Stay tuned.
  • by Pam Location: Adrian on Jan 20, 2009 at 09:07 PM
    The mislabeling is definitely not doing Obama any good. The man who took office today, is not the man I voted for. I voted for the man who on the campaign trail had the integrity and honesty to stand up and admit his heritage. I had a dream today too. That the man from the campaign trail would walk up to the microphone and say that he was proud to be the first "BI RACIAL" President. The only reference to his heritage was when he mentioned his African American Father. Makes me wonder if the "heritage" was brought up on the campaign trail to help get more votes. what did I expect from a politican? Silly me! I had the dream of a politican who didn't tell the American people what he thought they wanted to hear! I thought Bush left office today!! I am very disappointed in Mr. Obama tonight. I was seriously hoping for some change - but so far - not so good.
  • by Jason Location: Newsroom on Jan 20, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    Obviously you are not "non-black" or you would understand. Just because he is bi-racial doesn't mean he isn't black. Whatever the majority of your makeup is what defines your race. For instance, not all native americans are 100% native. Nor black, or hispanic, asian, etc. etc. Obama is not 100% black, but his race is still that.
  • by Mike Location: Jackson on Jan 20, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    Why does the media keep refering to Barak Obama as an African American I thought he is Bi-Racial don't they realize the damage they are doing to all the non-Black Americans that are taking offence this miss labeling of our new president.
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