I knew that yesterday’s inauguration of President Obama would bring all sorts of comments...some good, some bad. I thought I was prepared.
Right before bed last night, I checked my Facebook account, as I so faithfully do. [It’s sad, really.] And there it was. Seriously? No, seriously? My eyes must have read wrong. I wish they had. A status update said just this: Jane Doe “cannot believe our new ‘president’s’ middle name is Hussein! How embarrassing!” Hmmm...call me crazy, but I’m, oh, slightly more embarrassed that someone actually thinks this today, in 2009. And then that this person is so unabashedly unashamed of this statement that she would post it for her 700 or so friends to read.
To me, the reason our country is so great is because of just that...anyone can be president. Barack Hussein, George, John, Horatio, Sally, or Shalonda...
I do understand the passion behind politics. Believe me, I myself get very fired up about it. But at the end of the day, party affiliations aside, everyone in this great country should be so proud to have been a part of yesterday. It was a day to witness what makes the United States so grand. It was a day to witness how far our country has come...and then at the end of the day, I unfortunately had to witness how far we still have to go.
I, for one, am proud to say that my president is Barack Hussein Obama. And every American should feel that same way.