January 20, 2009

Indians see Obama sworn in

Native Americans witness history

Obama’s swearing-in captures hearts and mindsThousands of American Indians descended on Capital City to witness the historic inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.

In a speech after his swearing-in ceremony, Obama mentioned the economic hardships facing Americans today, as well as the ongoing war in Iraq.

“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.”

Obama did not specifically mention American Indians in his address. He did say that the time has come to recognize that “all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.”

He later added: “…we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.”
Comment:  I'd say Obama's speech was only average--a generic "we have to do better" exhortation.

The real thrill was seeing Barack, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha walking in the footsteps of previous generations. Everything else was just window dressing.

In short, this day wasn't as moving as the night Obama was elected, but it was a great moment in history.

For more on the subject, see The 2008 Presidential Campaign.

Below:  Art by Bunky Echo-Hawk.

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