January 20, 2009
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.
My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.
There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America - there's the United States of America.
This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.
A JumboTron is a large-screen television using technology developed by Sony, typically used in sports stadiums and concert venues to show close up shots of the event. Although JumboTron is a registered trademark owned by the Sony Corporation, the word JumboTron is often used by the public as a generalized trademark. Sony JumboTron ceased being sold in 2001, when the company decided to exit the business.
This technology was used throughout the National Mall for Barack Obama's Inauguration because of the large crowds on the Mall.
Due to crowding they would close metro stations including L'Enfant Plaza. Then they closed streets including the two areas we were told would be required for crossing--12th and 14th. So to make a long story short we walked from 7th Street and Jefferson to Rosslyn down Constitution from 17th Street and crossing the Roosevelt Bridge to catch the Metro home. We arrived back in Sterling a few minutes after 5 and by 5:30 I was home in Ashburn icing down my back and knee!
This is my story!
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