"I believe we can be better. Those who died here, those who saved lives here --they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us. I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.
That's what I believe, in part because that's what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. Imagine: here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation's future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.
I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us -- we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations." - President Barack Obama, 1-12-11
I was profoundly moved and inspired by our president last night. He came with a speech that I am sure was not written by anyone else, honored the victims, the survivors, the heroes and responders, and then coalesced the event into the call quoted above for us to come together, be better people and a better nation, to leave a legacy for our children that we can be proud of.
Edited at 2011-01-13 02:32 pm (UTC)
Was the event open to anyone? did you have to buy tickets? how wonderful that you attended. And that middle photo with all those cameras ... wow.
it was open. i waited in line for 7 hours. some people were there over night. no tickets. and they gave us all free t-shirts.
2011-01-13 04:36 pm (UTC)
How cool of you.....I really wanted to stay in AZ just so I could attend.
Did you happen too see if any of those idiot protesters?
the WBC? they weren't scheduled to do anything until tomorrow, and they have allegedly called it off.
2011-01-14 03:27 am (UTC)
oh yeah....those assholes. ack!
I'm glad you were able to go, and to hear words of encouragement.