President Barack Obama!!!
Politics is in my blood and I have to say I was very excited about yesterday. I have been exposed to politics from a very young age as my grandfather told stories from his time when he was a politician. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly in Punjab (a province in Northern India) in the 1950s. My grandfather was a hero of mine; he spoke 7 languages, travelled extensively and had a heart of gold. After living half of his life in India he immigrated to the United States with my grandmother to live with his youngest son, my uncle, and become an American citizen in the 1990s.
Sadly he passed away a couple of years ago, I miss him a lot and I would have loved to discuss the current situation with him.
I am a HUGE Barack Obama fan and watching him become the 44th president was great! Yesterday represented a day of hope for people all around the world (including myself), while I don’t know what today, tomorrow and the next 4 years will bring it is nice to feel hopeful about politics. The Audacity of Hope is the title of President Barack Obama’s second book and although I have not yet read it (I just finished his first one, Dreams from my Father) the title really touched me. Audacity means to have a daring spirit, resolution or confidence. In his speech addressing the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Obama said:
“I’m not talking about blind optimism here — the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don’t talk about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. No, I’m talking about something more substantial. It’s the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a millworker’s son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!”
Most people are typically very cynical about politics so it was a very refreshing change to see millions of people who are excited and hopeful for the future.
I have attached a link here for you all to see the inauguration speech.