Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Welcome, 44th POTUS!!

So. I have not posted anything since the election b/c I've been so busy and felt that when I did post I would need a lot of time to express all that I have been thinking and feeling since then. Obama's victory was one of the most exhilarating, heartening political experiences of my entire life. His speech moved me to tears and was so inspiring that I read and reread the text numerous times that evening before going to sleep and have reread it many times since. I have quoted it everywhere possible- my status messages, my away messages, used it in conversation- my favorite part was "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other."

I get chills just reading it again! This is the national call to service we've (in the national service community) been waiting for! It makes me so proud to be a part of the national service movement, an Americorps and City Year alumnus.