Tuesday, January 20, 2009

'Worth the trouble' by Russell Lowery-Hart

It took us two hours on the Metro to get to our check-in point. The day before, the same trip was 20 minutes.

We stood in line for three hours to get through security and then waited on the Capitol grounds for another two hours in 20-degree weather for it all to start - AND IT WAS WORTH THE TROUBLE.

What an amazing day for our country. President Obama talked about our need for personal responsibility, for our need to unify and the demands on our innovation and hard work. It is an experience I will never forget.

The most moving part of the day was watching the incredible numbers of families, especially African-American families. We talked with one family with five generations represented. We also talked to (and in some cases helped push the wheelchairs of) several older people - all who expressed a need to be here to see it and celebrate the history of swearing in our first black president.

It was cold, long, difficult and exhausting - and I would do it all again. I will be able to tell my children that I witnessed the inauguration of President Obama. It will be up to my children to explain to their offspring why it was so important to our country.

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