With all the high-powered analysis and frivolous reviews of gowns and hair-styles, what more is there to say about the inauguration of President Obama? I stood on the National Mall among one million people in festive mode and could only ask a simple question: what would happen if the energy against the president might be turned into common dedication and statesmanship for the national good?
We have every reason.
The poet Richard Blanco said it in his own poignant way, poetry that echoed through the crowd:
“One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,
peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story
told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.
” My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors,
each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day…..”
Much in common….