At the onset, I am a bit nervous since my previous attempts at blogging, journalling, and basic keeping-in-contact-with have proved short-lived and/or half-hearted. But, Amanda has been a successful blogger for years, with a small but firmly established readership, so there is hope for this blog (unlike timandamanda.blogspot.com and timothyandamanda.blogspot.com, both of which have only one freaking post over a year old!).
Today seems like a good day to start--to inaugurate, if you will--this blog. President-elect (now President!) Obama was sworn in to office earlier today and, though I was unable to attend thanks to a useless physical science lab, I can't help but feel the palpable excitement that hangs in the crisp January air. There is always skepticism toward politicians, especially toward those with Mr. Obama's rhetorical skill, so the amount of open celebration (partially because he is African-American--if there is any indication of how big the racism/slavery thing was (is), it is the amount of celebration for this milestone for the black community) in much of the country right now is surprising and exciting.
And I am optimistic about the days ahead. Though he and I disagree on a few issues, I felt confident casting my worthless-in-Utah-county vote for Mr. Obama. I think that a major tonal and ideological shift is what we need now here in the US. Critical challenges are ahead for Mr. Obama, and for us, and it will be interesting to see how they are dealt with. But that can wait for the moment. Today is a day for celebration! So to Mr. Obama, I offer you congratulations and my thumbs up: