Facing the rising sun of a new day begun

Facing the rising sun of a new day begun

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No, it wasn’t dawn. More like 2:30 pm., as we hiked back home from the Inauguration. But the sun suddenly threw some rays through the clouds, and hit the Washington Monument. The final lines of the Black National Anthem hung in my mind…

Facing the rising sun,
Of a new day begun,
Let us march on
‘Til victory is won.

March on, we will.

Oh, Happy Day!

Happy Happy Happy
Happy Happy Happy



I have not wanted to declare American pride with such fervor since I was a child, when everyone was in the post-World War II habit of waving flags and singing patriotic songs whenever possible. 

On this Inauguration Day I was not alone in wanting to proclaim “We are America!”, as loudly, with as many flags as possible.  For those who cynically believe this emotion to be nothing but misplaced hope in a man, listen to us more carefully.  The excitement and energy and hope that we demonstrate are more about us as a people than Barack Obama as a person


This photo is of my daughter, C, who joined me on the east slope of the Washington Monument that wonderful day.