WASHINGTON, D.C. — The folks who said Barack Obama’s election was all about race or those who couldn’t vote for him because he’s black should have been here.
People from every state in this country, from every socio-economical background, from different backgrounds came to this city to witness Barack Obama inaugurated as the 44th president. Trains and buses spit the masses of humanity into downtown streets, the clustered bodies moving like a slow current to the mall. Their cheers were deafening and tears flowed freely as Obama took the oath of office. Daughters held their grandmothers, fathers hugged their sons. And mingled among the cross-section of America were people cheering from various countries. It didn’t matter that the country is in a recession, or that the Dow Jones industrial average went down more than 330 points. For so many, this city on Tuesday was a place of unimaginable joy. It was a time when people remembered their struggles, set aside doubt and renewed their optimism.