Today, the United States takes the next step forward with the inauguration of Barack Obama. A day that many people thought might never happen is now ready to unfold in front of our very eyes. Certainly the eyes of the entire world will be on Washington, though really, it's not all about skin color.
America has had minorities run for the Presidency before, but none mounted a challenge like Obama. I attribute that to the fact that Obama ran not as a black man, but as a leader who happens to be black. After years of partisan bickering from both sides of the aisle, we've finally elected a President who really does seem to welcome input from all sides and viewpoints. Maybe it's all just rhetoric to this point, maybe it's all been a facade. Maybe Barack Obama will govern like that liberal tag his detractors tried to pin on him during the campaign.
After eight years of scandals followed by eight more years that some characterize as the "worst presidency ever," Americans screamed for Change. Some put their faith behind a Senator from Arizona with a reputation as a maverick. Others put their faith behind a one-term Senator who seems to inspire confidence like no other American leader since Ronald Reagan.
In the end, Obama won the election over John McCain. But the victor has held his hand out to his opponent, looking to the Republican maverick for inspiration and advice. No trash talk. No claims of "scoreboard" or "mandate". No rubbing it in.
Shouldn't that really be the way life should be? Shouldn't that the way sports should be? Wouldn't life be better if we all followed the code espoused in the Husker Prayer, whether it be at work, at home, or at play?
Yes, today is a great day for America and the world. It's not because a black man is now the President of the greatest country in this world. You may not agree with all his policies. You may not agree with any of his policies. You see, it's because out of all the partisan rancor coming out of extremists on each side emerges something more centrist, something that allows this country to come together, if we allow it.
If we should win, let it be by the code,
Faith and Honor held high
If we should lose, we'll stand by the road,
And cheer as the winners go by
God Bless America!