Like millions of other Americans, I watched the Inauguration on tv yesterday and tried to catch a glimpse of the new First Lady's ball gown on the re-runs today. She looked beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous!
I was impressed by the President's speech yesterday. There were no campaign promises, no mentioning of what he will do during his term, not a single word about how everything will be better now that Change Is Here. That by itself impressed me.
He went on to speak about the Founding Fathers and what this country is about. He spoke about the American Spirit and how it cannot be broken, not by a depressive economy and not by terrorist threats.
"We will not be defeated."
When I arrived in the US in 1995, I began to explore and experience what America is about with a newcomer's eyes. Almost like the pilgrims but without the hardship. The first thing I came to know, the first thing that struck me with awe was the American Spirit. The way Americans display their flags with love and pride, being careful to not ever let it touch the ground and disposing of it in a most respectful way once it is worn out. I'm not even touching Independence Day.
Witnessing America's love affair with its history, its spirit, itself -I couldn't help but falling in love with it as well - hook, line and sinker. I couldn't help but wanting to be part of this........wonderful thing called America.
Lately, especially during the last year I sometimes wondered where the American spirit had gone. Everyone is tired of the war, nothing but negative news......about America. I caught myself wondering if my family wouldn't be better off if we lived in Germany even though the news from across the big pond aren't much better than here. I wondered what it would take for America to put itself back together again and do what it does best - be the greatest country in the world.
Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
...and there it was........once again - the American Spirit.
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