Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration A New Day

The White House where Barack Obama will live and work was built in large part by African-American slaves.

At least a dozen American Presidents owned slaves.

"Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it."

President A. Lincoln --July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

"I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision."
Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

It seemed that the dream had been lost.

The high ideals had flown, the sweetness of liberty was gone.

But now a new day is dawning for us and for the world.

The change has come. Our flag is beautiful again.

Today the people of the United States vibrate in harmony,

like the strings of a harp stirred by Spirit.

The man who grew up in Hawaii is reaching

a sincere hand of Aloha to all. . .

Things will never be the same. Cloudia