Barack Obama took his place as the 44th President of the United States, and his place in American history as the first African-American person elected to the office. Millions of people made their way to Washington D.C. to watch in person, and millions more watch around the country and around the world. The day could be considered historic in many ways, outside of Barack Obama taking office. Our nation is in a historic period considering the economy and the two military affairs we have found ourselves involved in. But another aspect of this event, is the unprecedented crowd that this Inauguration has brought.
The two-mile stretch from the Capitol Building all the way down the national mall toward the Washington Monument was packed with people. Even though government officials were hesitant on releasing an official count, there’s probably no need for it to plainly see that no other Inauguration has commanded such a crowd. But it’s what many would have come to expect, as jumbo-trons were brought on so that everyone on hand would be able to have a view of what was taking place.
The official Inauguration has ended, but the Inaugural celebration will continue throughout the night for many and into the next few days for many others, even for the new president who will be in attendance at Inaugural Balls until the wee hours of the morning.
But all celebration must eventually come to an end as we have to get back to the realities of life. In his Inaugural address, President Obama addressed the reality that our country faces with the current economic crisis, differences in political ideologies, the world of terror threat we live, and even acknowledging the impact of an African-American being elected president saying how “a man whose father, less than 60 years ago, might not have been served at a local restaurant.”
Not for nothin’, but it would seem that President Obama’s campaign theme was breathing quite heavily today. This change of president, would also mean a change for the world.