- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Well, we have a new president, President Obama. The liberal media sends the message that if we are not “hand in hand” with this new president, we are not patriotic. Nonsense. We are Americans… living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We are the people to stand for, and oppose, simultaneously.

How sad for those of us who have loved former President George W. Bush; he was treated grossly during the inaugural proceedings. How many Americans woke up for countless days, months and years wondering when and where we would be attacked again? Yet we were not.

Was it a mere coincidence? I think not. Yet so many turn their heads, more a response to the liberal political tide. Mr. Obama is the man who will change all for all. He is our savior, the man who we knew nothing about four years ago, and now four years later, one who we know not much more about. He is an ideological man, not known for his pragmatics. I am not surprised that a black could be elected to our highest office; I voted for a man, not a racial category. That in itself does not make a leader.

I will continue to look at the man, not the racial category. I hope that all Americans will look to the man. Let us not judge, for the better or the worse, one’s success based on what one man can do to move our country forward. If we are to be an exemplary country, we must move ahead proactively, facing the challenges on what is correct - not necessarily left or right. These times are certainly challenging; let us hope that we have elected a man who is able to discern what is appropriate over what is popular. Let’s face it - we have taken a huge gamble. Let us pray that the odds are with us.

THERESA E. PETERS

Washington


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