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Historic Inauguration
January 21, 2009, 7:29 am
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My inauguration day celebration was an interesting one, but no less exciting and inspiring than if I had been back in Oregon, or even on the Washington Mall. As we sat at the Thomas house, in Kigali, Rwanda, we tuned in late in the evening to the only channel in Rwanda, which was airing the CNN broadcast of the inauguration.

As I looked around the room I was blessed by those I was able to watch the historic event with. Behind us sat three Rwandan men who serve as our night guards. Though they knew no english, their faces still clearly portrayed their intrigue and excitement. They sat through all of the pomp and circumstance, and at the end there only comment was, “It is great to see this happen peacefully, because here the only way a president takes over is if the last one is killed.”

Next to me sat three small children, all Americans by birth, but have lived more life outside of its borders than within. I had a flashback of my childhood in Peru, listening to Ronald Reagan’s speeches on the radio. As Obama spoke and reminded us to take the long-view on history and our current situation, I was reminded that even since those days of listening to Reagan on that little radio in Juli much has happened, the Cold War has ended, Monica Lewinsky has dropped out of the social conscious, and 9/11 has come and gone. Hopefully this current crisis will come and go, and we will regain a sense of hope and humility.

I know last night gave me a glimpse of that hope. That had more to do with who I was with and less to do with the great prayer by Rick Warren, terrible poem by that one lady, and awkward oath recitation between Obama and Justice Roberts.