My Inauguration weekend did not turn out the way I wanted it to. The first sign came in the way of a bad cold which forced me to stay inside both Friday and Saturday and after that it was down hill or so I thought. My invitation to an exclusive ball fell thru and so did my ticket to the Inauguration. After all of this happened I thought about staying in my home and just watching CNN for the weekend, but I made a promise to work on Radio Row and interview policy makers in the new administration.
When I got off of the train in Union Station it was truly a remarkable experience to walk amongst the crowd, to see all of the people speak in different tongues was a spiritual experience. I saw people of every size and every hue wearing Obama gear of every kind; it was an amazing a sight and I will never forget the electricity that filled the air!!
I got a chance to interview members of Congress and other policy makers but the most moving experience was interviewing a group called Rednecks For Obama. This is a group started by citizens from Union, MO self proclaimed "Rednecks" in support of President Obama. I wish words could capture this interview but they cannot and their support of the new President was the most sincere that I have ever heard.
When I asked one of the members if some of their friends gave them a hard time because the color of the new President one of them said "Yeah, but so what I don' t care what color he is I just want the best man for the job." I cried during this entire interview because it really is a sign of how far we have really come.
I will let historians put this day in history, but for me I will take this little nugget with me because I know that my ancestors, and the ancestors of those "Rednecks for Obama" are looking down, smiling and saying " Mission Accomplished"