America is an amazing place. In the last 12 hours I've been equally inspired by the President of the United States and a waiter in Houston. Talk about equal opportunity. The president promoted lofty ideals without specific ways to achieve them and the waiter demonstrated how to make it happen.
Let's start with the President. We watched the inauguration this morning. The pomp and circumstance was beautiful and very moving. Maggie politely sat through the speech because her girls Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce were going to sing. She did seem to be listening to President Obama, though. Good thing, too, because it seemed to me that he was talking about Maggie and her peers. My favorite line was this:
The president did not mention how exactly we can accomplish that as a society. But another excerpt from his speech gives a clue. ...we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice - not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.
Here are the excerpts from President Obama's speech that seemed to be aimed at me and Maggie.