Welcoming President Barrack Obama with friends
Writers, musicians, artists, actors and other creative types gathered at Four L’s (208 Washington St, Hoboken) to ring in this era of hope. There is no downplaying the enormity of yesterday’s symbolism.
As I sat with a smile, getting chills from the inspirational speeches and prayers, I began to wonder something. Have the many failures of the last eight years been piled too heavily on this man’s shoulders? Probably. Are we setting ourselves up for disappointment? Again, probably. But then again…
There’s a point that Obama has been making all along that may shine a light. The fact is, it will take the collective will of the entire country to bring about change. To expect one man or one administration to fix things is unrealistic.
Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I feel it’s the very symbolism of the day that in and of itself will help us. How? Simple. America electing a multi-racial man from humble beginnings shows our children the truth in the thought that anything is possible with hard work and determination. Corny, but true.
And what of the problems beyond our borders? Well, electing a man who is willing to talk to our enemies as well as our allies speaks volumes. The Bush/Cheney brigade brought diplomatic apathy to epic levels.
So America, are you ready for change? Are you willing to work for it? I hope so because I am and God knows we need it.
By the way, when you’re in Hoboken, you have to check out Four L’s. This was my first time there and the food was wonderful. Ice cold beer (several) and a grilled chicken panini with roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella and pesto made the perfect nourishment for the day.