Wisdom and Youth
Wisdom and Youth

Black History Month is during the month of February, but  Black History is something that is happening in America today.  Regardless of your political preferences, this is the first time an African American is running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  History is important to us all regardless of when it happened.  It was not taught in public schools many years ago and some schools still do not offer classes in African American History.  This page will serve the purpose of providing a resource for our family to learn more about the significant contributiions African Americans have made and are currently making in this country.  Please share this with other family members and make suggestions for inclusion of other sites that will help serve this purpose.

February 19, 2009

President Barack Obama - First African American President of the U.S.

President Obama 2009
President Obama 2009
President Barack Obama - 44th President of the United States

On Tuesday, January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th president of the nited States, pledging hope and unity to a nation hungry for both.

With hsi wife, Michelle, holding Abraham Lincoln's inauguration Bible, Obama, the 47 year old son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Africa, was sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.  He raised his right hand and promised to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution before a sea of witnessess that stretched more than a mile into the distance on the National Mall.

The crownd that swarmed into the capital to see the transfer of power was estimated at nearly 2 million - more than the population of 15 states - while a record television audience was expected to watch the leader who has captured the imagination of the nation and much of the world.

It was, by all accounts, the largest crowd ever for a U. S. presidential inauguration, and perhaps the largest public gathering in Washington's history.  Staid streets normally dotted with lobbyists and bureaucrats transformed overnight into a giant party populated by Americans of every color and creed, stretching from the overflowing inbounds trains at Union Station to the banks of the iced-over Potomac.  Strangers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the freezing cold watching the event on Jumbotrons, and climbed on statues to catch a glimpse of the man extolled on their shirts and hats.

Obama told Americans that "The challenges we face are real.  They are serious, and they are many.  They will not be met easily or in a short span to time"

"But know this, America -  they will be met," he declared to cheers from the crowd.  "On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.  On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and fase promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics."

We celebrate the election of President Obama during this Black History Month.  Please continue to pray for him and his family as he leds this nation to a better today and brighter tomorrow.  

More information on President Obama is available on the Presidnet Obama link.  If you have pictures to share from the inauguration, please upload them to this site.  Thank you.
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