Obama Inauguration

It seemed as if the entire nation turned out for the inauguration of Barack Obama. After a hotly contested election, even some ardent conservatives have been swept up in the tide of enthusiasm. Commentators and pundits struggled for new and creative ways to say, “Historic.” Preceded by the standard array of parties and gatherings, accompanied by the pomp and pageantry befitting the office, at 12:05 today, Barack Obama completed the oath of office as President of the United States.

It was the speech I was looking forward to. President Obama is one the most gifted orators in our world today. He also has gifted speech writers and delivered a series of brilliant speeches on the campaign trail. I wondered if he would deliver at the Inauguration. Would he make the speech of a lifetime? A speech for the ages?

The President gets mixed reviews in my opinion.

The language was soaring but metaphors came so fast and so frequently the content suffered. The themes of humility, sacrifice and gratitude were welcome and heart-felt. While not everyone embraced the more somber Obama, the tone of the speech seemed befitting of the moment to me. One of his best moments was when he said:

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

The enduring image of the day, for me, is not from the speech itself. It is the repeated image of a black man and his wife and children. A role model for young black men and young black families. A smart man. A hard working man. A man that can be respected and admired.

I did not support him in the campaign and I will oppose many of his policies and ideals. But Barack Obama is my President and I will pray for him, encourage him, and hope he delivers on the best of his promises.

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9 replies
  1. Relimom
    Relimom says:

    I think that’s beautiful how you give your support to a man who wasn’t your first choice as president.

    It shows an open mind and great attitude.

  2. Matt Keegan
    Matt Keegan says:

    I, too, had a difficult time wrapping my mind around everything Obama said finding it difficult to come up with anything that really stuck with me. I had to read Peggy Noonan’s piece in The Wall Street Journal today to get a decent summary and critique of his speech. As usual she was gracious.

    He has my prayers too and, like you, I did not vote for him. I remain alarmed about some of his policy proposals and am disappointed that he was never properly vetted throughout his campaign. Personally, I want to live my life without much government intrusion.

    All the more reason to ask God to guide him!

  3. Bill Bolte
    Bill Bolte says:

    Great post Dr. Bruce. I share your sentiments as well. I also agree with Matt, “Personally, I want to live my life without much government intrusion.” Amen to that!!

    Time will tell. He could do some really good things, in the long run, that seem to have been forgotten in administrations past. Let’s hope he practices the faith he proclaims.

  4. tazdog
    tazdog says:

    I too do not support and did not vote for Obama, but like you said, we still have to support and pray the man that is running our country, despite the difference of views, we still have to pray for him to do the right thing. One thing we could probably agree on is the economy..!

  5. the fearless blog
    the fearless blog says:

    You eloquently state many of my own feelings and thoughts.

    I will not do to President Obama what many did to President Bush. I love this country too much. I appreciate the great sacrifice of the many men and women in the armed forces -today and of the past- not to honor my country, my President and its people. I want my country to prosper and thrive and not to fail, regardless of the leader’s party affiliation.

    I refuse to judge any man or woman based on race or ethnicity. In fact, I rather leave the judging to God, but I will continue to take full advantage of the freedoms I enjoy in the US to state my opinions no matter how “politically incorrect” they may sound to some.

    I need to believe that free thinking is still desired and promoted in this country. Most of the media remains hypnotized and even delusional. Sadly, the media has forgotten its role, purpose and vital contribution to a free society. I pray they quickly return to earth.

  6. PaulsHealthBlog.com
    PaulsHealthBlog.com says:

    I did not vote for Obama. I did watch all of the inauguration, as well as the coverage thereafter.

    I do not intend to play nice. However, I will not do like liberals and hate the president for the sake of hating.

    According to the St. Peterburg Times and several other sources, Obama made over 500 promises during his presidential campaign – more than the previous two campaigns combined.

    He and his administration deserve the utmost of scrutiny.

  7. Vishal
    Vishal says:

    I think this was grat. everybody from many nations watched the inaugurations. Everybody was looking forward for his first speech as president and it feels nice

  8. Naomi
    Naomi says:

    I had so much fun watching the inauguration live with Facebook and CNN and all of my facebook friends. He is an incredible orator!

  9. Jeanie
    Jeanie says:

    Pastor Bruce,

    Come check out my UTube post on Obama’s first 100 days in office and how it is affecting the family.
    It is defintely not good!

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