While many are completely consumed with Barack Obama and are drooling over him and the fact that he is going to be sworn into office tomorrow, I am not as enamored with the man as many are but I am an American citizen who indefinitely realizes the gravity of the moment.
I am also reflecting on the past eight years. Despite what the media has convinced many to think, President Bush was, in my opinion, a great President. Did he make mistakes? Sure. As does every human being and leader. He came into office at a very unfortunate time in our country. He carried a weight and a burden that many who criticize and crucify him could probably never have done with the integrity and character that he did. I really do believe that history will show him as an honorable and respectable man and as a great president. All critics, naysayers, media pundits and bush-haters aside now. I can at least be relieved by the fact that the ridiculous comments made to and about him will hopefully come to a screeching halt (although I highly doubt that they will). Certainly, anything that goes wrong in Obama's first year as president can be attributed to Bush...right? (I hope you can sense my sarcasm.)
I thought he delivered His final speech the other night with much grace. I can't help but love the guy. I hate the fact that he has been spat upon so cruelly by corrupt and sordid media. It's really quite sad how many have spoke about him. I do not wish for Obama to be treated as though President Bush was by many.
His love for our country and for freedom is inevitable. He kept our country safe. Say what you want but it's true! I can't stand it when people can't even credit him for that, as if he was the reason 9/11 happened in the first place. It's downright ridiculous and completely insane.
I still support President Bush.
Tomorrow the 44th President of the United States of America is to be sworn into office. I can hardly imagine how grueling a job being the President of the most powerful Nation in the world must be. I'd never like to know.
While I am not a big Obama fan, nor am I apart of the multitudes who slobber over Him and would like nothing more than to kiss his feet and the ground he walks upon. I must say, though, that I have a decent respect for the man, in the fact that he will ultimately hold and steer the reigns of this country for the next four years. I've been watching some of the Inauguration coverage as of late and I do realize that this is a very historical moment for America.
I am afraid that many will come to realize soon that Barack Obama, as charming and polished as he may be is in fact, human. I honestly have never seen anything like this in my life. The way he is worshiped by the media is almost kind of creepy. I know that this is a very huge step for our Nation, the fact that a Black man is going to be President is a very big deal. I am not ignorant by the fact that this is a big moment for us. Last night, I was watching FoxNews (the ONLY news channel worth watching, of course that is my opinion ;) ) and there were many young, bright eyed african-american children being interviewed. Their excitement was beyond immediate realization. I want to share in their excitement, I really do. I'm trying, but it's quite difficult for me.
I am not going to be down trodden along with many who dislike Obama and his policies and politics, nor am I going to be enamored and out of my mind obsessed with the man either. He is our new President and I will respect him and wish him well.
I just hope that in the meantime true conservatism takes a stand and truly rises to the occasion. While I am a Reagan/Hannity/Palin conservative with morals, values and love for my country, I will not take part in bashing our Democratic President. We are the great United States. Now, more than ever is a time for us to unite, regardless of race, religion, sex and political party.
"United we stand, divided we fall."
I want to make one thing clear, I DO NOT hate Barack Obama. I know that during the election process my blog became an outlet for me as well as grounds for debate (which I actually somewhat enjoyed). I really got into the election race this year and chimed in with my two cents, for what they were worth and I learned A LOT by doing so.
I'm not changing my stand by any means. I'm still an old fashioned conservative girl from the south. I'm not saying that I agree 100% with the man by any means but I do not think that he is a pawn of Satan. I pray that he leads with character, dignity and conviction. I commit to pray for the Obama's and for the future of our nation.
Barack Obama has undoubtedly created momentum, excitement and caused a generation to get out and actually use their God given voices and rights. Passion and vigor drove his campaign. If only we could be as passionate about the things that we believe and stand up for. In light of everything, this is an opportunity for our Nation, a time where many are coming together to witness a very historic occasion and a time where we need not feel defeated. I'm praying that Obama will reach across party lines and embrace suggestions and ideas from not only conservatives but moderate and independants alike. I think that the greatness of our country is in our diversity. While I would never sacrifice my moral stance on many, if not all issues I can understand that we must learn to work together for the greater good. Otherwise, we're only alienating ourselves.
One thing remains certain. Despite the suggestions and speculation, only Obama can set the tone for his term. Though so much remains uncertain, one thing is clear: beginning Wednesday morning, January 21, 2009 the entire world will be watching.