Godspeed, Mr. President

America’s civilized and peaceful transfer of power. I have never watched this before, but I wasn’t going to miss this historic occasion. An inspiring speech which summoned so many themes and ideals that I admire. Now, can he do it? Can we be a better nation? How can those ideals best be put into action? What does it look like, for example, to put “petty politics” aside–yet stand up for what you believe in?

I pray that wise paths will open up. I pray that unity and support for the President’s worthy goals will be balanced with healthy debate and wise compromise. I thank God for the Obamas’ example of service and family and pray that their integrity will be upheld, and their family will be safe.

About katiekind

Enjoying the second half of life. I have three sons who are the apples of my eye and a wonderful husband of 35 years--those are the important things. Long ago, out of the blue, I became a Christian. It was something I never planned on, but what joy it has been. I do website development and I like to read and garden and paint and I love beauty and truth.
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10 Responses to Godspeed, Mr. President

  1. darlene says:


  2. Dulce says:

    Thank you so much for your beautiful posts. I’ve been a lurker at GCM for several months, and recently stumbled across your blog. I have always appreciated your posts so much, and I am enjoying your blog greatly. I listed you in an awards post.

  3. katiekind says:

    Thank you for the encouragement, Dulce!

  4. darlene says:

    Check out C-Span to see how Obama is quickly moving forward on his promises. You can actually read the documents he is signing, you can hear his address to the state dept. on security that he gave today, you can watch him sign the documents to close Guantanimo and ban torture, freeze government salaries, ban lobbyists… He says he wants a transparent government. He says he wants to give the public easy access to records of government spending. He says he wants public input. To those who have been against him, I say watch him in action for yourself if you might still be skeptical that he means what he says and he means business. So refreshing!

  5. katiekind says:

    LOL, Darlene, I watched some C-span today too. Very interesting to see the government at work.

    I am hoping and praying the force of his ability to get people to rally will truly help in the difficult time he’s come to the job….and hoping he doesn’t get steamrollered by it all. I admire what wonderful role models he and his family are, and just hope that they’ll be enabled to continue in that, and that he’ll have wisdom to guide. I’m encouraged by the team he’s putting together. If they are ineffective it won’t be for lack of experience and passion. Some of his policies are things I’m not in favor of at all, so swiftness of action on them doesn’t fill me with cheer. :-/ But certainly I understand others feel differently, and that there’s a lot to to be said for a leader who says what he means and does what he says.

  6. justinpatton says:

    Healthy debate does suggest counterpoint, no? Here is a story from CNN:
    I do hope that President Obama turns out to be exactly who he says he is… but I also know that even my closest friends don’t usually extend to me unilateral approval of “all things Justin.” Despite being well-intentioned most of the time, I still find that there is deception within my own heart. I suspect President Obama suffers from the same affliction.

  7. katiekind says:

    Yes, I saw that situation come up in a press conference or something on c-span. :-/ She’s right — that’s not very confidence-building. Presumably Obama feels this specific person is worth it and naively didn’t realize how making an exception would sound to the rest of the world, or as you say, is deceptive: ready to play the PR one way while behaving another way, perhaps narcissistically believing that since it’s him making the choice, normal rules don’t apply. I’m not immediately jumping to that last conclusion…but I do think it’s reasonable to keep track and add up the evidence.

    I have been seeing reporters asking tough, cynical questions, which made me glad. I had been afraid reporters might be too happy about Obama’s election on a personal level to do a proper job of scrutinizing and seeking for deeper explanations.

  8. justinpatton says:

    By the term “deception” I didn’t mean to imply that it was necessarily even conscious… but rather that humans in general tend to fool themselves into thinking that our motivations are purer than they really are. I think Americans have rightly celebrated the positives of the current changes, including the speeches and paradigms of Obama, and now the country settles back into the system of checks and balances that was placed there long ago because it was observed that one man (or one party) must never have all the power. Both sides (and the peripheral folks like myself) need to look for both the good and the bad. That’s not easy. Just like admitting mistakes is not easy. I think if Obama really wants to cement his “new deal” approach to politics, he needs to admit his mistakes and poor decisions upfront – something that will further distance his approach from the Bush administration. I hope he blazes a brave new trail, but he’s gotta do it from the beginning.

  9. katiekind says:

    Ah, got it. Turns out for once you’re being LESS cynical than me! :-P

  10. justinpatton says:

    Anytime you’re feeling cynical, just remember the words of George Bernard Shaw: “The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”

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