Reverence, Jubilation-These are just two of many words that I have tried to use to express how I felt today seeing Barack H. Obama, the first African-American person to be sworn in as the President of the United States of America. How I really feel can not be measured by the limit of mere words. I wasn't alive when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech but I remember reciting excerpts as a child in school and watching it on television. To see this ground breaking speech occur at the same Reflection Pool in our nation's capital over four decades ago and to witness (on television) The Dream realized in the embodiment of President Barack Obama is awe inspiring.
The moment that President Obama took his oath (really at 12pm when he automatically became President) is bigger then anyone on Planet Earth can imagine. Obama being elected President of the United States of America, a country built not only on religious freedom but racism and torture at its worst is bigger than him. It shows us all that Americans are ready to Change their closed-minded, ignorant outlook on life. As President Obama mentioned in his inauguration speech, all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. Why should people exact their ignorant ideals, such as prejudice and racism, upon others who only want to lead happy lives. Why should those make the lives of such miserable for no reason. When people spend their time hating others for their differences, they don't realize that they are also robbing themselves of happiness by wallowing in the self-hatred of their mental prison.
I think that Americans are ready to look beyond their self made borders and explore the possibilities of a bright future with people's of many cultures, many ideas, many colors. This is what America was supposed to be built on. I believe this is what America is ready to prove itself to be.