Time to Come to Washington

The son of a Kenyan student and a woman from Kansas has become president. I honestly never thought this possible. I thought this day would never come in our lifetime, but it did. I’m still pinching myself.

On Jan. 20, as President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address, it seemed that the more I listened, the better it got. Here is a leader who wants us to face how serious our situation really is, I thought. Here is a leader who extends an invitation to us to make the hard choice to have hope, which has always been the strength of this nation when facing difficult times. And here is a leader who says this isn’t really about him, but about us and what we decide to do together. Here is a leader who calls for a “new era of responsibility.”

The new president also pledged that the poor of the world would not be abandoned anymore. “To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds,” Obama said, extending America’s promise to all, including those at the bottom of the economy.

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Sojourners Magazine March 2009
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