Today's a big day. My heart is full. Barack Hussein (I'm so glad -- although not really surprised -- the new president used his full name) Obama was sworn is as the 44th President of the United States. And this evening, when I watched his inauguration speech for the second time (I watched it this morning at work, as well), I became a blithering, blubbering idiot. A glass-half-empty girl whose glass tonight is overflowing.
I'm not a U.S. citizen, so I didn't get a vote, and Mr. Obama is not my new leader, however powerful and influential the person who occupies the White House is the world over.
I am not a member of a visible minority, so while (as someone with more than one functioning brain cell) I can certainly recognize -- and celebrate -- the historic significance of his victory, I cannot honestly say I feel it in the way someone who is not white does.
Yet I don't think the overwhelming sense of happiness I feel tonight is simply because, as I've joked more than a few times over the last few months, "it'll be a relief to have an American president who can string several words together into a coherent sentence."
There's more to it than that. And it's not just that Piggy thinks the new Prez is pretty hot. Crap -- did I just type that? Yes, yes I did.
I mean, really...who among us (and I mean everyone on Earth who lived through the last two years -- TWO years, for Pete's sake) doesn't think that just about any American politician (save, of course, Sarah Palin) would be able to communicate better than George W. Bush?
I was happy (and relieved) when Bill Clinton was elected. I liked him, and not just because he was the Democrat contender. But I didn't feel like I do now. (And it has nothing to do with the fact that Bubba ain't hot.)
Change. Hope. Looking outwards rather than inwards. Doing what is right, rather than what is expedient or easy.
Put simply, if a bit crassly, I'm buying what he's selling.
And he is selling it. I'm looking at a full glass, but I didn't just fall off a turnip truck. But I think he believes it -- and that's the difference.
I wish President Obama the very best, and hope we are patient enough to let him do what is possible for him to do.