Our nation has come of age. It is not that we elected a black person as our leader--which we did. It is that, as a people, we chose who should lead our country and the world through this monumentally perilous time and that choice was not based or negated on skin color. Who would have thought that so many people were ready to overcome our convoluted history and move forward to new vistas?
On election night, I heard two things which lifted spirits and spoke to the quality of the men who competed to lead the Nation.
One came from the defeated one-the honorable warrior, John McCain when he said:
I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.
The power in the last two words is awesome as it speaks to the foundational belief of the United States. The humility in it teaches us all.
The other came from the victorious one--the new visionary Barack Obama when he said:
And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.
The burden for conciliation placed on himself in these words reaches to all people. Great humility is found in the donning of personal responsibility.
November 4, 2008, we, citizens of the United States of America, witnessed examples of what each of us can strive to be and what makes our Nation great among Nations.
On another note--a more practical one: If you are wanting to attend the inauguration, there are many sites selling tickets for upwards of $2000. The following link will take you to the Congressional Inaugural Committee which clarifies how to get tickets and makes it abundantly clear that sites attempting to sell tickets are not for real. My hunch is that they are scalpers who will eventually buy tickets from people who get them as described in the link and then resell.
Congressional Inaugural Committee This committee is headed by Senator Diane Feinstein.
This is a quote from that site: "Any website or ticket broker claiming that they have inaugural tickets is simply not telling the truth," said Howard Gantman, Staff Director for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. "Tickets for the swearing-in of President-elect are all provided through members of Congress, and the President-elect and Vice President-elect through the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We urge the public to view any offers of tickets for sale with great skepticism."