WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s official, again. Barack Hussein Obama took his fourth oath of office in Washington’s political and meteorological winter chill.
The president took his ‘ceremonial’ oath at the US Capitol in front of hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans who crowded on the National Mall. He took the ‘official’ oath yesterday, January 20, as prescribed by the Constitution.
The President placed his hand on two bibles, one used by President Lincoln and the other used by Martin Luther King, Jr, whose birthday is observed as a national holiday today.
In a speech that seemed at times like a combination of campaign rhetoric and the ticking off of items on a shopping list, the President urged the nation to set aside political absolutism and partisan rancor, and to look at the positive things the future holds.
‘A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention.’
As the President took his oath, people here in Houston held watch parties, like the folks down at The Breakfast Klub on Travis and Alabama.
Some were having a late breakfast, some an early lunch, but they all were taking part in another chapter of our nation’s history.
“It has special meaning, because it`s like a dual role,’ said Laurel Westcarth. ‘It’s a birthday and it’s an inauguration. And it’s a leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. really fought for this country, so it’s really a great opportunity to see that President Obama has overcome.”
For a few hours, at least, the nation lived up to the motto: ‘e pluribus unum’, one out of many.