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8 Years

The time has come.

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By law a US President can only serve 2 terms. These 8 years went by in a blink of an eye. I can still vividly remember that election night in 2008 when the Obama victory was announced – I ran across the street to my good friend Scott’s house and we hugged and cheered in the middle of the street.

I can recall hugging my kids that night, crying tears of happiness for what had transpired. Not that the Democrats won the election, no, it was much more significant of a victory…

I’m not going to lie – I’m very nervous about the new administration coming in – for me, for my children, my immediate family, my extended family and the country overall, but the Serenity Prayer tells me,

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

That being said, I’ll stay vigilant to my beliefs and morals, strong in faith, and hopeful in the future. For just as the President stated in his final press conference, “…I believe in this country. I believe in the American people. I believe that people are more good than bad.”

Thank you Mr. President.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea —

Yes. We. Can.

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