In the weeks that have passed since election day I have come to peace with Obama being president. Not that I am now and Obama fan or still would not rather have John McCain as president. I have come to peace knowing that God is in control and that he is taking care of everything. I have realized that my job now as a believer is to lift him in prayer and trust that God is going to do His work through Obama just has he always has through kings and rulers.
So yesterday was the BIG day. As we started watching the Pre-Inauguration events many times I was brought to tears. To quote US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-Souh Carolina) from yesterday, "If you are not proud to be American, something is wrong with you." I could not agree more! I was proud as I could be to be an American. As I heard the countless stories of people sharing what it meant for them as African Americans to see an African American president be sworn in it touched my heart. I, being from the deep south completely understand every word people were saying. Seeing, Republican African-American news corespondents break out into tears at just the thought of what had taken was amazing.
I heard a story of a 70 year Caucasian lady who traveled to DC to witness the Inauguration. She told a story of she grew up in NC and she was a young girl she and a African -American girl became friends. They were not allowed to go to school together and where talked about all through high school because they were friends outside of school. She stated that they remained friends through "thick and thin". She was attending the Inauguration in memory of her precious friend who had past away several years ago. She admitted that she did not vote for Obama, however she was very proud of how far America had come and she was there for her friend. How precious is that!
From the time the Inauguration started I was moved to tears. I cried watching all the former Presidents come in for some reason. Seeing each one of them brought back memories for me. For example, when I was a little girl I could not stand Jimmy Carter. It seemed like he interrupted TV often. I would get so angry! My mom laughs to this day because she says I would say, "I don't like Jimmy Quarter". Then there is Ronald Reagan who was not there of course....but I always like him....I can still remember like yesterday when he was shot. I remember learning, "Just say No" and all the talk of "Star Wars" (now as an adult, I think this should have been implemented..LOL) . Now the "first George Bush" (that is what I call him) I remember he is the first President I ever voted for! What a freedom to feel, even at 18 years old. Then there is good old Bill Clinton. I did not like him when he was President. I still don't agree with everything with him. However, I am not so conservative that I do not see good things he did for our country especially when it came to foreign policy. Sometimes I can't help but like guy! Now for my favorite the "2nd George Bush" (that is what I call him) I simply loved him. From the first time I heard him speak. I adored him. Now I know some of you do not agree but I don't care. I DO not agree with everything that he did during his presidency but I do stand by him. I feel like he made some choices base on information that he was given. He is human and he is going to make mistakes. I was furious when I heard the of the people "booing" when they announced his entrance. THAT IS JUST RUDE! Even if you did not agree with him, that was not the time or the place. He has kept each of us safe for the past 8 years and made decisions good and bad such as all the other presidents. He has served our country and for that he deserves respect! I did not boo when Obama came out. I caught myself smiling and feeling proud to know that the first African American president was about to be sworn in. Feeling proud for every African American I have ever known. Knowing that our country is free from the bondage of slavery and that Obama is proof that we do live in the greatest country ever. A country where there is a peaceful transfer of power, a country where you can achieve anything when you work for it! A country where we had the freedom to go and vote for our President and he will run the country and not some extreme political or terrorist groups such in other countries.
Now to the actual Inauguration. I cried a river. You would have thought Obama was my brother or something. LOL! Eli actually laughed at me. I guess the tears really started moving when pastor Rick Warren prayed. He ROCKS! I love him and I appreciate all that he stands for. He moved me, his prayers was awesome. The entire ceremony was beautiful and I was proud as I watched.
Then there was the saying good-bye to the Bush family. That of course moved me. To see the two men/women with such heart felt warm good-byes was awesome! I just wanted to jump in my TV and give George Bush a big hug! I think all these people who are questioning him and what his legacy will be. They will be surprised. Just as I have been able in the short amount of years to look back and see the good that Bill Clinton did during his presidency they will be able to see it about George Bush. I mean when Bill Clinton left office I just thought he was a "dirt old president" (being honest) I for one am grateful to George Bush and I can already see the awesome things he did for our country. Just as Bill Clinton and made mistakes so did George Bush. However, I am grateful to both for serving our country. I couldn't and wouldn't want to be President of the United States.
So after the big events I tuned in the rest of the day to FOX News as I worked on chic affairs big night tonight at Swoozies! Proud as could be. I was up until 3AM working on a cake watching Inauguration coverage. LOL!
I leave you with the song I am now hearing from The National Prayer Service. Whatever your beliefs are on the election, president, etc. this song will always be the truth each of us should cling too...
GREAT THY FAITHFULNESS
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me.
Summer and winter and spring-time and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness. To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide, Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!