This is the face of our new president. It is also the official face of America as of noon today, EST (about 9-hrs from now). I'm all goose-bumpy just thinking about it. Here comes the sun! Yes, we are finally on that mountaintop The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr spoke of.
Of course, the Bush Cheney Crime Lords are scuttling back to their secret ratholes and undisclosed burrows ... evil scam artists taking America down a very dark path right to the bitter end and beyond. The half-life of their kind of poison will be long indeed. But as we bid their TV images goodbye today (with a carefully lobbed pair of soft slippers), there is one more thing I'd like to acknowledge:
I thought for sure my patriotism had died in 1968 with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. I ridiculed the my-country-right-or-wrong crowd, despising their knee-jerk mentality. My feelings had been so sublimated that when Bush came along and told me I was unpatriotic if I didn't accept his Forever Wars, illegal wiretapping, trashing of the constitution, concentrating our wealth in the hands of a few, religifying of politics, etc/etc, I believed him. I thought I must be unpatriotic because I hated all those things he was shoving down our throats.
Well, as I find myself responding so emotionally to the national symbols of this Obama Inauguration, everything from the flags to the music, I realize I AM PATRIOTIC! I do believe in America! Seeing the wonderfully diverse throngs of people celebrating in D.C., I am finally proud of my country! And damn the Bush crowd for ever making me feel otherwise.
The DK Family will be spending today watching it all unfold before our eyes. Kleenex boxes have been placed in all accessible locations. It's finally happening! Barack Hussein Obama is our 44th President!
And just think, in addition to the millions of people who are witnessing history in person in D.C. today, there are hundreds of millions more watching it on TV or online here and around the world! What a beautiful day for all ....