Today January 20th 2009 will down in history as
as one on the most important days in the history of the United States of America.
At about 12.10pm EST, Barack Hussein Obama, an African American was sworn in as the first black president of the United States of America. At 46 years, he is also amongst the youngest presidents in US history. His election and ultimate inauguration marks a momentous shift in the history of USA and marks a significant advance for blacks in this country. From the days of slavery to abolition, from the civil rights movement of the 60s to the appointment of Colin Powell as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff and later Secretary of state, African Americans have been slowly fighting for their rights to be treated as equal citizens of this country.
The founding fathers of the USA stated that they wanted to create a nation where all men were equal. Even as they wrote this, they kept blacks in slavery and bondage and refused to grant them the rights enshrined in the founding documents of the nation. Blacks were not allowed to go to certain places, they were not allowed to vote, they worked for little or no pay, and in short were systematically dehumanized.
Over the century, certain noble people who recognized that truly, every man regardless of the color of the skin, was made in the image of God, and they had the same aspirations like everyone else, fought hard to reverse the injustice meted out to blacks and see them gain their rightful place as equal citizens of this country. Their efforts have culminated today in the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the USA.
About 2 million people braved the bitter cold to go to the national mall and witness this momentous occasion. News networks reported that all over the world people were glued to television sets also trying to catch a glimpse of history. Thousands more lined the streets of Washington to view the parade.
President Obama was pragmatic about the problems facing the country but promised to start addressing these issues right away. He warned the enemies of USA that they would be defeated, and told muslim nations that a new moment of mutual respect and cooperation was at hand. We all wish the new president well and would do our best in our own little ways to see that his aims are met