By Nora Thomason on January 20, 2009
"For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn."I joined the tearful, the humble and the hopeful today and listened carefully to President Obama's inaugural words. It was the perfect speech.
Though he placed most of the responsibility for remaking America squarely on all of our shoulders, the weight on my shoulders felt instantly lighter. Why? Because our leader knows that our neighbors and our friends are in pain. We now have a president that believes in fairness and kindness. Obama brought the message that he agrees with us that it's not the size of government that matters - what's important is how effective government is.
We've yearned in these desolate years for a leader that knew we were not proud of what we had become.