Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reflections on the Inauguration of Barack Obama


As I write this, the eloquent and emotion-filled voice of our 44th President, Mr. Barack Obama, still resonates from my television set. Although I did not vote for President Obama, I will never forget the sober and solemn expression on his face as he walked down the hallways of the Capitol building on his way to the inaugural platform. It was as if he could literally feel the weight of the world being placed on his shoulders ... and my heart went out to him.

I pray he will walk with God as he leads our country and will turn to Him for the wisdom, guidance, strength, and fortitude he will need as he faces the unforeseen challenges and crises that will come his way.

May God bless President Obama, and our beloved America.

I also wrote a post honoring President George W. Bush, which is below this one, if you'd like to read it.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have watched all day and although i didn't vote for him he is our president and we need to support him....i totally agree with you on that walk in the capitol building.....he and michelle need our prayers night and day - our country does too......thank you for your post, as always, well done......jennie in tn

beth at aunties said...

Janie,
Another well written post. I too saw and felt those same emotions. He will be in the prayers of our family as well our beautiful country.

Thanks for being you!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Janie,
This is a wonderful post.

I didn't vote for him either, but will support him with prayer! I pray now that God will give him the wisdom he needs to make the right decisions for everyone in our country.

God Bless America!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Beautifully written. I have been praying all day for President Obama, asking God for wisdom as he performs his duties and for grace for he and his family. blessings, marlene

salmagundi said...

I enjoyed your salute to Pres. Bush - I so hope history is kinder to him than what he is getting these days. I missed the hoopla today, but will catch up tonight. Yes, let's all pray for Pres. Obama and our country. Sally

Cottage Rose said...

You have written another beautiful post. I too felt the same way as you when I was watching him. I agree with you on all the prayers, and I too will be praying for him and our country....

Hugs;
Alaura

Anonymous said...

Oh Janie, I too was so moved by him, as you know I didn't vote for him either, but after being glued to the set yesterday, I feel he is the right man for the job. What a CROWD huh ??? I wonder what everyone thought about Michele's attire?

The hugs and kisses between the Bush & Obama families also spoke volumes to me.

Then we had to witness the Carter's & Clinton's ice cold exchange, looking back I thought it was odd when all the presidents posed for a picture in the Oval Office after the luncheon Pres. Bush gave, and how Carter stood off to one side, I think the man has become unhinged or maybe he was always like this but I didn't know about it !!! Say what you will about the Bush family but it is a very classy one.

Great post,
Kathy :)

Southern Lady said...

I have an embarrassing correction to make regarding a word I misused in the original title of this post. I incorrectly used the word infamy in referring to the inauguration, and want to assure my readers that I did not mean to infer that it was an "evil" event.

I apologize if my mistake offended anyone.

Sincerely,

Janie

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Janie
I am hopeful President Obama will lead our country well. There is such worldwide high expectations for him. His work will not be easy.

I loved the lovely letter the Bush daughters wrote to the Obama girls. Yes, they are a classy family.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, I have to admit I cried and cried during that ceremony. I was moved for a variety of reasons, and I couldn't help but think how far we've all come to get to that day! :-)

Thanks for this tribute and the one for President Bush as well. This has got to be the hardest job on earth, and so much is expected of a US President and particularly this new one. He's got the added pressure of it being an historic first. We all need to pray for him and the rest of our leaders for the wisdom to lead us through to the other side of this economic situation. I hope it will be a satisfactory outcome for us all.

Love to you (and this and the other are both eloquent)...

XO,

Sheila :-)