Mr. Obama is no longer the president-elect, but THE president.
I watched part of the historical inauguration this morning and still have the news on as the Obamas party it up at 10 fancy balls. (Not to mention the press's buzz about the First Lady's wardrobe.)
I wonder if their cheeks will hurt in the morning from smiling so much.
And if their arms will be tired from waving.
And their ears deafened by shrills and applause.
People are recognizing President Obama as the most powerful man in the world. I was really moved by the live coverage that spread all the way to Kenya, where a group of Africans were huddled around a tv in the dark.
Throughout the presidential campaign, I signed several "One" petitions to encourage the candidates to include a platform about foreign aid and address issues of global poverty.
I was touched by the president's remarks:
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
May you guide our country's leader with wisdom and discernment.
Give him favor around the world.
Let justice and mercy reign.
May President Obama know You as his leader.