One year ago today, I was in Washington DC baring cold temperatures on the National Mall for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the historic inauguration of the first African-American President of The United States, Barack Obama. Morale was high, people were unified and filled with hope for a brighter American future.
But as I type this, one year into the future & President Obama’s first term, the momentum and excitement has dramatically decreased. For many Americans, reality has set in. Unemployment is still setting record lows. Gas prices are still high, and we have yet to come to a consensus on the issue of health care reform.
Critics of President Obama doubt his ability to follow through on his campaign’s promises. Is this premature? He does have three more years to put things in place before his first term ends. But now that the honeymoon is over, will we still band together to support him. President Obama is not Superman. We all have to do our part to make our country and our world better. Find your piece and make it work.
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
- President John F. Kennedy