Today is a New Day

Tue 20 Jan 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Great speech from the new president. What a joy it is to say that. The last 8 years have been a dark period for this country where the administration was determined to reshape the country and at the same time hide what they were doing. President Obama uses the language of inclusion, it is a brave and beautiful attempt to reshape the world: Yay!

We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals…. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus—and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace….

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

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  1. Lee Battersby on January 20th, 2009 10:02 pm

    Ha! Take that, Buddhists! >:)

    Okay, so it was a positive start, but there’s a niggly naggly little doubting part of me that thinks talk is cheap. Our own newly-elected Prime Minister (that’s like a President but without so many interest groups telling him what to do) represented a refreshing and inspiring new change of direction until about a hundred days into his term when the decisions had to be made and the gloss came off… I’m hopeful for the US, I really am, but I’m pretty sure the battle has only just been joined. Nothing will actually be won until 4 years have passed and your country is (or isn’t) in better condition.

  2. lcrw on January 21st, 2009 5:24 pm

    Lee, no idea if it will go well but at least here is a guy who can think, speak, speechify, listen, be gracious, and learn. It’s a crap time to take over the job, but I’ll give him time — and it will take more than 100 days to get things going here.

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