Were not the hearts of millions of Americans swelling with pride and hope as Barack Obama took the oath of office as the first African American head of state? Did we not hear the news reports that among the over 2 million people gathered in the Mall last Tuesday, not one arrest was necessary? I must admit I’ve been a bit buried in work this week, with little time to stop and really think about the significance of this, but every time I think of what may happen over the next 4-8 years, I smile and feel more hopeful for the world than I have in a long time.
I welcome the shift to true multilateralism and mutuality in our dealings with the rest of the world. The “cowboy diplomacy” of the former administration has no place in a nation that must learn that as an Earth community we all sink or swim together.
I urge you to read and reflect on the speech Pres. Obama gave at his inauguration. There is much food for thought. Here’s a link to the text.