I do want to say regardless of your political leaning you've gotta agree our Commander in Chief's inaugural speech was quite good.
My favorite bit:
"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom."
The makers of things, indeed.
To those of you who are bitching about how things suck, get off your ass and do something. What's the last thing you made with your hands?
Oh crap, the "I sound like my Dad" meter is pegged. Well, shit. He's right.
How about this one?
"Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. 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."
"How is Barack Obama going to fix things?", you ask. With us all working together as Americans, not party members bent on blaming the other side.I'm optimistic about the future. If we are going to play the "what if..." game, what if we succeed?
Rock on, my fellow Americans.