By Dr. CHRIS G. CORLEY
Tuesday morning I awoke with a sense of urgency. The alarm sounded a little before five o’clock and as most mornings, I considered hitting the snooze button. Something hit me, a voice rang loud, “Yes We Can.” This day is a new day in American history, the swearing-in of the 44th President of the United States, a man with a scary name, who has inspired millions with such a simple phrase as “Yes We Can.”
I got out of bed and again heard this voice telling me “We’re Fired Up,” another campaign theme.
My pace quickened and my excitement level increased, knowing in a few hours a man whose father grew up herding goats in Kenya, would be laying his hand on Lincoln’s Bible and swearing to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Only in America, truly the land of the free.
“Yes We Can, Yes We Can,” kept going through my head and then I turned on the T.V. and saw the early predawn view of the Capitol and the millions of people gathering to see hope. The expectations of this man by a nation is like no other president before. It appears the majority feels he can fix a broken economy, bring peace in the Middle East and restore the reputation of the Executive Branch. We are as a people scared of tomorrow. We are divided and our house is falling down. Mr. Obama delivered a very moving speech in Berlin on July 24t, 2008. He said, “In this new world, such dangerous currents have swept along faster than our efforts to contain them. That is why we cannot afford to be divided.”
President Obama has a vision for us. We must come together as one nation, undivided. What if we don’t unite behind him? What happens if we continue to fight? What if Rush’s and Fox’s news continue to be the number one rated programs on T.V. and radio? What if we continue to focus on whether he is a Muslim terrorist? Then my early morning voice rings even louder. “Yes We Can” quickly turns to, “Boy, we’re screwed.”
America, wake up, wake up excited. Join hands, work hard and let’s get this country moving again. President Barack Obama said “failure is not an option.” Please remember he did not say “Yes, I can”, but “Yes, we can.”
Editor’s Note: Dr. Corley resides in Lebanon.