January 21, 2009
Today marks an extrodinary day in history. It has been said millions of times today.

This day will define more than just the future of The United States of America, but define all of our lives no matter who we are.

I was born and raised just miles from the Capitol steps today. A building I took for granted that I got to see every week for the first 22 years of my life on earth. Today was beyond special to me like most Americans and the extended citizens of the world. The day made me realize the impact of the NEW President of the United Stayes of America; Barack H. Obama.

I arrived to Orange Gate Section 16 at 7am. I was lucky enough to have a seat. Millions joined me on my early journey just a day after the Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday. You did not have to be physically there to have taken this NEW journey today. It is as if we all knew our lives changed today. The NEW feeling came over me.

I did not feel the below freezing temperatures. I remember every detail of the neighbors I shared this day with upon Capitol Hill. It did not matter that there was no possible way to get back to my hotel other than to walk, or that all of us would be sitting there for hours tested by the elements.

Young, old. Black, White, Asian, or Hispanic. It did not matter. Famous actors, Musicians, waitresses, labors, and attornies. Everyone was the same. Equal. That alone seemed NEW.

Isn’t that what we have been reaching for?

It is a time to celebrate the NEW. It is also a time to reflect on our own lives and how we can make this NEW world “work” as our 44th President has pointed out.

I love the NEW feeling I have today during a time of transition and challenges for most. If these challanges did not exist, would Barack Obama have been sworn in today? Would the world believe it is finally time for the NEW? Perhaps not. This is why times of hardship always produce a NEW perspective.

I hope you all gained the experience that I did over the past 24 hours. We really are NEW.

3 Responses

  1. Jill says:

    New indeed. Refreshing, exciting, stellar, beautiful, enlightening and inspiring. More than what we ever thought we needed. I watched from 7 am until 11:00 pm. Every word spoken , phrase uttered, note sang or played I heard and watched with tears of sorrow for those who did not live to see this day. I cried with joy for the present and future generations that will be forever changed but today’s gloriousness. I watched every dance and look the Obama’s exchanged with one another and their children. The sweet secret they shared as they gracefully, embodied The First Family. Malia documenting each moment, Sasha skipping with glee and giving thumbs up approval. Totally, completely and overwhelmingly AWESOME!!

  2. What an amazing day. Yes! And a victory for mixed kids everywhere..LOL. No seriously this President is the first ever global President who is loved in so many other countries. I was in Brazil last year at the end of the year and Obama is so loved in Sao Paulo. Also this White House will be the first to openly embrace technology for the purposes of creating an open dialogue with the people. As a techie, I’m too excited. Great post Lisa, glad to see your blogging voice

  3. TONY says:

    Now that I see you were in the Orange section, I will look for you in that Hi-Def photo I sent you:-)