The President Of The United States

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The first inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States took place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Like so many Americans I was incredibly excited to see our country taking such a giant leap forward in our attitudes about Race and equality. It didn’t take long to realize that my hopes were going to be dashed and our country was going to in fact experience a “rebirth of racism” that defies imagination.
January 20th, 2009 brought a day of frigid temperatures in Washington, D.C. It was sunny, and windy, and bright like a new copper penny. Our country was about to make it “official.” The first Black man was going to be sworn in as the President of the United States of America!
I remember getting up early and getting curled up on the sofa with my family to watch the festivities. I had been actively involved in campaigning, and had the great honor of meeting our future President at a campaign rally in Dunedin, Florida. I could hardly contain the excitement and optimism I was experiencing…. The anticipation of watching this beautiful young family move into that iconic home in our Nation’s capital, and to witness him start to implement some of the promises we had all campaigned so hard for…. It all had me wiggling and dancing around like a little kid on Christmas morning. In fact I think I was more excited about Obama winning this election than I had ever been about Christmas presents!

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