"The challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time.
"But know this America - they will be met." "
One of the defining comments that Barack Obama made in his inagural speech as 44th President of the United States
And he is right to not only point out where the US has lost it's way, it's sense of moral compass where their government is concerned over the previous eight years, but also that the challenges we all face will take time, effort, sweat, and tears. That said there is so much goodwill for him right now, so much of a desire to see him succeed, and so much awareness of what a mountain we all have to climb, that I don't think the warning will go unheeded. I hope not anyway.
But hope always triumphs over cynicism, even if it takes a long while. Recently the BBC have unearthed some footage of an interview they gave to Martin Luther King in 1964, where he mentioned his belief that America would one day have a black President. Apparently Robert Kennedy was almost bang on in accuracy when he stated around that time that he expected to see a black President within forty years. I hope that if it is possible, they are seeing todays events and smiling that some of what they have dreamt has come to pass.
But today also has its sadness. Senator Edward Kennedy is ill in hospital. Many of us will pray for his recovery and in the midst of all the joys of today, our thoughts must also go to him and his family.