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A Tear-iffic Reflection in Leadership on the Dawn of A New Era

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On the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration, I reflect upon my very fond memories of these greatly changing times. I am clearly reminiscent of the night he accepted the nomination for president of The United States of America. Excited and completely swept with exuberance, my best friend Anthony and I celebrated a surreal moment in history, our first African-American president. Not only did we break through a racial barrier that had poisoned our country for such a great period, we had accomplished a task so great, so inspiring, that not only was our country in a joyous awe, but our world as well. As Colin Powell said in an interview on inauguration day “The fact that he is African-American says so much about who we are as a people, as a country, and I think it has energized the country, it has energized the world.”
It was in front of our television and over champagne that we conversed about the significance and symbolism we both proudly recognized. The victory over a racial barrier to Anthony gave him hope that some day there will be a triumph for gays and lesbians. He remarked, “Harvey Milk made great strides for us three decades ago, now Barack Obama has continued to pave the way for the minority people.”
The morning after, my ethics professor Leslie Marenchin and I discussed our feelings of accomplishment and joy. He referred to a time in his earlier years when he vividly remembered the depressing details of segregation. Dr. Marenchin proclaimed, “I can remember when there were white and colored water fountains, and to see that we have come this far is incredible!”

What is so inspiring and euphoric is not just that we’re breaking barriers in race, we’re leading a new generation to conquer ambitions no matter how large, to harness their dreams, working towards them steadfastly with hard work and persistence, and to work with each other for common purposes above one’s self.
As some have astutely stated, and I concur, our new president represents a window into our past as one of our greatest. Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln share the poise, intellect, wisdom, courage, and determination to face a challenge second to none–a divided nation in need of unification and a country striving for better perspective and standing. It is today that I greatly appreciate and enjoy a monumental time in history. The stakes are set high and the bar clearly raised, but our leader and nation can prevail, and will prevail.
–Andrew Taylor

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January 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm

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January 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm

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