President-elect Barack Obama is being sworn into office today. Where are you watching the events of this historic day unfold?
I am watching from my home in Bellevue, Washington. I cried when thinking of all that has happened in my life time. I remember traveling with my first husband to Georgia in 1964 and being very frightened seeing signs that said "no blacks" or "whites only". I was white young woman, newly married to an African American Army Sergeant and had been raised in the Pacific Northwest. I had never been further out of the area than Oregon or British Columbia, Canada. We were at Ft. Benning for one year and then sent to Killeen, Texas. By that time I was apposed to the Vietnam war, pregnant with our daughter and the folks on post wanted me to be sent home to Seattle. They didn't like my protests. I came home and the rest is the history of our country, and of my life.
Today, watching this ceremony and thinking of my daughter and our two grandsons, I was over taken by emotion. It is amazing to know that now those precious boys will grow up with a presidential roll model who looks like they do. This is a great day for our country and for so very many of us on very personal levels.