Yesterday, January 21, was inauguration day (at least the public's inauguration day). Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith adequately dubbed it "the high holy day of our civic religion." I for one spent my entire Monday reveling in our civic religion. If you were unable to spend your day glued to the telly watching the inaugural events don’t despair; you can access photos, speeches and highlights of the day at WhiteHouse.gov.
Now, that the festivities are over (with the exception of a prayer service this morning) the President gets back to work, and what a year it will likely prove to be. The President offered a broad but bold plan in his inauguration speech with frequent use of the word "together." In the coming months, President Obama will need to work with Congress to craft a federal budget, make spending cuts, find long-term deficit solutions, implement major portions of the Affordable Care Act; tackle immigration reform, gay rights, equal pay for equal work, gun control and more. I can't imagine what would possess a person to take on the burden of running a country, but I can understand the great joy that must come from positively impacting the lives of Americans. I wish the President and Vice President all the luck and hope they find the strength to steer us through the next four years. I also wish that Congress will do their best to work with the President for the good of the country. And I will bow to the altar of our civic religion any chance I get by participating through voting and by writing, phoning or emailing my lawmakers to offer feedback on the job their doing for me (and you).
Here's to another four years!!