Tuesday, January 22, 2013

President Obama: Inauguration Full of "Firsts"

The many “firsts” of yesterdays’ inaugural events have not escaped me and may others.  I am in awe of the change we have had as a country.  I truly relished the events of yesterday. 

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic to be confirmed to the Supreme Court and the first Hispanic to administer an oath of office as she did on Monday to Vice President Joe Biden.  

President Obama is the first two term president to be sworn in four times.  Franklin Roosevelt was sworn in four times, but he was elected four times. At President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, Justice Roberts mixed up his words and the President had to have a “do-over” of the oath privately.  This year he held a private official inauguration on Sunday and the public inauguration on Monday. 

President Obama is the first to use the words “gay” and “climate change” is an inaugural speech.  He has further opened the door to the possibility of equality for all citizens and accepting our role in ensuring the Americans reduce their carbon footprint. 

This is also a historic because a man of African descent was inaugurated on the day we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King was man who fought peacefully for the rights of all Americans.  Dr. King’s life was significant in every activity we enjoyed on Monday. 

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.,   I encourage you to do so.

What other "firsts" did we witness on yesterday?

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