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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack Becomes President Today... And The Feeling is EBULLIENT!

e·bul·lient ( -b l y nt, -b l -)
1. Zestfully enthusiastic. A boiling up or over; effervescence.
2. high spirit; exhilaration; exuberance.

Is anyone else feeling strangely hopeful today? There is a feeling of beauty all around on this January 20th. The whole world is witnessing a major zeitgeist, a powerful spirit of change. That we are alive to experience it and to grasp the full and historic significance of it is a truly a-once-in-a-lifetime Blessing.

“Ebullient” (along with exquisite) is one of my all-time favorite words. I like the way it feels on my tongue, how it churns and flows and uplifts my spirit. Today, I am truly ebullient. I believe much of America and the world feels the same way.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”

I wonder how many of us truly believed in those words. This was always taught in my home by my parents. Yet when I opened the door and ventured into the world, there were always others determined to make me think and feel that it was all a lie. My skin-color, whether implied, or plainly stated, was something that in THEIR eyes, made me inferior. I was thought to be lesser than, believed to be not as good, not as worthy of honor, not as intelligent, and not as necessary in the world.

Yes, many of us were told that we could become anything; and that whatever we put our minds to, with hard work, determination and the Belief in God, anything was possible. But even when armed with this concept, even if it infiltrated our belief systems, we tended to place limitations upon our own potential. No one, not a soul ever once told ME that I could someday BE President. It was too large to imagine, too impossible to grasp.

Barack has transcended the myth of racial inferiority and brought forth this glorious and exquisitely hopeful new reality.

On Election Day, 2008, Obama, by his singular vision, by his sheer determination, by his character, his will and the will of the American people caused a revolution within the American mindset. He proved that, yes, little black and brown boys can indeed dream bigger, wider and greater, and not only dream but to make those dreams manifest. YES WE CAN!

Perhaps even greater than this, the people of this Country overcame their differences, their ignorances, their prejudices, their taboos, and their fears and they made the decision that HE was the RIGHT man for this awesome responsibility. They, the MAJORITY, chose him! Their hopes and faith and dreams were placed in HIM, Barack Obama, not his skin-tone, not his heritage, but his Manhood, his intellect, his vision, his character, and his 'audacity of hope' was just what this country needed in these turbulent times.

Having known my history in this country as a black man, only to witness just how far we’ve come, yes, today I am indeed ebullient.


Somewhere I just know that my late father, my grandparents, and my ancestors (once kings and queens, and then American slaves) are equally filled with this radiant and most exquisite ebullience.

May The Creator Bless and watch over Barack Obama! May God Bless America and The World!



CurvyGurl ♥ said...

I feel ya, Lin. I really didn't expect to be this emotional. It feels like a weight has been lifted off us, hope has been confirmed as a step to the obtainable and dreams are unlimited. Much love, bro!

greeneyes67 said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful entry Lin. I am very hopeful. I loved that he only said "I" twice in his speech. It was all about "we".. We all have to be united and I for one am grateful to have a President who sees that as important. What a beautiful day. I say this with tears streaming down my cheeks. I am very proud to be an American today. Love to you.

maaga..... said...

love power!!

happy new yr L.M..

..this is just the beginning.

Lovebabz said...

What aday! What aDAY! My heart is full...FULL!

I have to take it all in. There aren't enough words to really convey what I feel...perhaps there will never be enough words.

What a Day...what an amazing 2 years! What a DAY!

Faith said...

Amazing entry and what a great day we have today!

On a side note, and I am laughing because on such a profound day, I have a somewhat silly "Friends" award for you on my blog.

Thanks for everything,

joaquin carvel said...

ebullient - what a fantastic word.

i couldn't help but think today that a president, in and of himself, is actually a very limited man....but like greeneyes said, it's all about us anyway...and if a man can motivate us to move, to work, to beleive that we are and that we can and that we will...that's where the world opens up, in earnest, to everyone. you captured that perfectly.

here's to the ebullience of audacity!

D-Place said...

I share Lovebabz sentiments. My heart is full and occaisionaly my eyes leak.

Teri said...

Yes, today was something special to see unfold. I work in a small cat hospital, small staff-very personal. Everyone from 21 to me at 56 were ebullient, just like champagne bubbles (that's how that word makes me feel). We watched the day unfold on the 3 computer screens, each showing something different. It was quite the celebratory mood it put us in...all except the oldest person in our office, our bookkeepr, in her mid 70's. I actually felt sad for her that she wasn't filled with hope and joy. She never votes, she said, but would have voted for McCain, so her silence was drown out by the rest of the countries ebullience! My mom's almost 80, is British and quite conservative...but she voted for Obama too and I am happy she is happy, just like me!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance

(the word verification is blesses, yes yes yes!)

Self-Proclaimed Mistress of Nothing said...

I don't think there are words to describe how I felt watching Obama being sworn in. It was a hope for this nation unlike any I've ever felt before. For the first time in my life, I felt patriotic... and PROUD to be an American.

I cry almost every time I hear him speak. His words are so inspiring.

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Charli said...

Yay! I'm excited too. I'm STILL watching Obama stuff on TV/computer.

The paining you posted is awesome. The best image of him I've seen so far. The colors are so pretty.

Ebullient is a great way to describe it.

Marvin D. Wilson said...

I share in your joy, your "ebullience" my friend. Even though we have had our, em - "discussions" about Obama, I am one WHOLE heartedly joyous in the fact that this country has progressed to the point where it can elect by overwhelming popular vote a member of a race of people that it once enslaved. And this event is made even more special happening in the same week as the commemoration of the great late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who did so much to pave the way for such an historical achievement to transpire. Thank you again, King, and hat's off to America.

God bless Barack and Michelle and their family, their entire administration, our country and the world during his reign of presidency.