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Meaning of Obama's Name

As I watch the Inauguration of Barack Obama to the Presidency, I am reminded of the meaning of his name. Barack roughly translates to "blessing." In this time of turmoil, the man who ran on "change" is certainly a blessing. The throngs of people who travelled from all over the country to bear witness to this historic event, the installation of the first Black president of the United States, know the significance of this day. I wish I could be there for the festivities and for the energy that is obviously present, but I take great comfort watching what looks like one of the largest crowds in Washington DC ever. I do so because I am watching from my computer and people all over the world can easily watch this from their television, computer, or listen via radio. This is not only historic for the fact that this is the first Black president, but we can celebrate that even when our country is polarized by policy and opinion we have had over 200 years of elections without bloodshed and violence. This may not seem like a big deal, but in the context of the world stage where such incidents are common, our country, in what could be a mundane event, still displays an uncommon heritage and history. Very rarely do I feel much pride or patriotism, but today I feel it very much!

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 20:36:05 +0000

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