and there is a lot more than 2 cents here.. so you may want to skip to the next blogger who has updated. Is it against blogger code to post 2 days in a row.. I've never attempted until today, and probably won't happen very often.. if ever again. But I have some thoughts I wanted to express, so please still be my friend even though my last couple of post have been freakishly, annoyingly wordy.
To make an obvious statement... today has been a day that will be distinctly remembered throughout history. I'm embarrassed to admit that in the past I have not been extremely interested or involved in politics of any kind, including the past elections for the United States Presidents'. I have always listened to the news of course, and had a slight opinion- usually influenced by what everyone else was saying about the election. But this election has been different, I feel emotionally involved, and at 25 years old... its about time, eh?!!
First of all, my heart has kinda ached and been relieved at the same time for President Bush today. More than Obama, Bush has filled my thoughts. What a good person. Not a great spokesman, not the brightest, not the most influential leader of all time... but a good person with integrity. If there was a handbook for the future that Bush.. or anyone for that matter.. could have read 8 years ago that would have laid out what was to come during his presidency, I'm not sure we would have had anyone step up to the plate. How does anyone judge someone in a position like Bush has been placed in with so many diverse/complex/tragic situations? If He would have done things differently, the other half of the country would have been upset, he was in a position where he really couldn't "win" no matter what he would have done. I agree with my dad... maybe not for years and years, but with time, Bush will be known as an amazing man in history... because he really was/is. I can't speak for anyone but myself.. but I'm grateful I can express my opinion, and hope Bush knows there are so many people that were/are behind the decisions he made. I truly feel..know.. he didn't make his decisions "alone". I will miss him, but am so relieved for him. It's someone else's turn, and his turn to relax a little, and not be in the spotlight of mockery anymore. He looked "tired" today. Can you even imagine?! As cheesy as it sounds, I'm proud to have such a huge portion of my life with the memory of such a "true" person leading our country.
Although I have had many mixed emotions and have heard opinions on every end of the scale about Obama... I have high hopes. I was entirely impressed with his speech today, if you haven't listened to it... you need to. Many say that they hope he isn't "just" merely a good speaker.. I am one that agrees with that hope... but in the same sense, I have felt "at peace" with everything as I've thought about him today. I just believe influences beyond this world have more of a role in this transition than many people give credit for. There was a couple of things Obama said today that gave me hope.. and actually gave me chills. When he was addressing the economical crisis our country is in.. he made a comment about us needing to turn necessity into courage, and imagination into common purpose. I love that statement. It's going to take a lot more than a good president to heal our country of the crisis it suffers from. He also said we should be the kind of person that would take fewer hours if it meant a friend could keep a job. That gave me chills, and I couldn't agree more. That comment doesn't have to be taken literal.. but more as "Lifting others loads" and sharing blessings with those less fortunate is definitely more of what this country needs, and I think he was portraying that in his own way today. He talked SO MUCH about being free, and being a country of "peace"... and wanting to be at peace with every country and leader, and every man and woman in the WORLD.. There is no greater goal.
For many, this election did not turn out the way they would have liked, but now that it is what it is... I think its important to remember there are positives to focus on in every situation... and I hope the feelings I have had toward Obama today are going to be accurate in the coming years. I have put a link to his inauguration speech if you missed it. It's worth your 20 minutes.