Our New President

To call the guys I work with smart-asses would be an understatement. They are a bunch of very smart guys who are physically incapable of passing up the chance to make a snide remark. Every day has a running color commentary and newsworthy events never get by without a thorough verbal assault.

But today was different. Today we sat there in awed silence as Barack Obama took the Oath of Office and give his Inauguration Address. No one said to be quiet. It wasn't necessary.

It's hard to describe the excitement around this event. There has been a palpable build up for the past few weeks. The hope that reached a fevered pitch on election day has only grown as the President Elect executed the most transparent executive transition in our history. In the two months since his election we've been presented with a barrage of open access to information, podcasts, videos, debates, and renewed calls for service. It's simply inspiring.

Today whitehouse.gov also changed hands, and it has a new feel of transparency similar the transition project. To me that means more than all the speeches combined. Actions speak louder than words and in today's world transparency is a very powerful form of action.

We are in the midst of wars, global climate change, and economic cataclysm and yet I'm looking forward to what we make of the coming days and years. As Barack Obama put it...

Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
- Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, January 20th, 2009 (source)

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