So it begins. Four more years of great leadership and moral courage. President George W. Bush officially began his second term as President of the United States of America this morning at a ceremony in Washington. I was unable to watch his inaugural address, but I was able to read the transcript this afternoon. I read through it and wish I could have been able to watch it live.
I watched several of the State of the Union speeches, his first inaugural speech, and his other various comments over the last four years and there is something about the way President Bush speaks that just grabs my attention. President Bush seems like an actual man, not the leader of the free world, when he speaks. His sometimes stumbles over words and uses different pronunciation just like normal people do. Perhaps the reason his style of speaking appeals so much to my is my southern roots. The black tie and boots ball last night seemed like the perfect event for the President and had I the chance to attend, I would be there in my black tie and boots. Back to the inaugural address.
After reading the transcript, I had a feeling of progress and hope. It is so easy for me in my profession to look at the War on Terror and dread it. I may not be on the front lines, but I feel the stress of it here in the states. President Bush had a few words to say about the military that made me feel appreciated not only by citizens, but by him.
A few Americans have accepted the hardest duties in this cause - in the quiet work of intelligence and diplomacy … the idealistic work of helping raise up free governments … the dangerous and necessary work of fighting our enemies. Some have shown their devotion to our country in deaths that honored their whole lives - and we will always honor their names and their sacrifice.
I haven’t made the sacrifice the President is speaking about, but my brothers and sisters in arms have. The honor that the President and the rest of the country gives them humbles me.
I look forward to the next four years. What they hold remains to be seen, but in the end, America will prosper.