In 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. said that he believed there would be a black president in 40 years time. When he said this, black people were treated as second class citizens. They could not drink from the same fountains, use the same restrooms or ride alongside white individuals on a city bus. They were demeaned, deplored and denegrated. They were emotionally abused and violently mistreated. So when Dr. King said this, it seemed about as plausible as someone how saying now that in 40 years humans will be able to fly using their arms. But Martin Luther King, Jr. -- the Godfather of the Civil Rights Movement -- had something that you must have to overcome the most insurmountable obstacles. Faith, Hope and Love. And he had it in abundance. He had enough of it to carry a weary people through some very dark times in our country.
So it is as this moment that I stand SO proud to be an American. I am honored and humbled to witness this moment in history. I am excited for my children and their children. My most fervent prayer at this moment is that this country bury and silence the voices of ignorance and discord that remain with the joyful shouts of hope for a new day that begins now, January 20, 2009. Godspeed Mr. President.