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Posted on Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at 7:23 am. About News and Politics.

January 20, 2009 arrived – finally

A friend emailed me this morning, stating his surprise that I had not blogged about the inauguration. I suppose there was such extensive coverage of the event that I did not feel I could add much. I will comment that the most common theme from the media was how wonderful it was that an African-American man could be elected president in a country where, as he stated in his speech, his father may not have been served at a restaurant in D.C. 60 years earlier. I agree – that is very cool.

While I am glad the racial barrier to the presidency has been broken, I have a confession to make: I did not vote for Obama because of his race. Oops, there. I said it. I looked at the candidate, his views, his plans for the nation, the articulate way in which he expresses himself. I believe he could restore some of the good will we have lost over the past eight years, and I relished the idea of valuing science over ideology. I think he will be an excellent president, and that is why I am happy he is now the commander-in-chief. To have voted for him purely because of his race could be a form of racism, could it not? No – I believe it transcends race altogether for this country to have truly selected the best candidate, and to have judged him, in the words of Dr. King, not on the color of his skin, but the content of his character.

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