Obama: Recall Those Who Made It Possible

Today, of all days, we are reminded of all those who made Barack Obama’s Presidency possible.

We think of our Founding Fathers, who created this great nation rooted to the belief that “All men are created equal.”

We remember Abraham Lincoln and his Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery and saved the Union.

We think of Rosa Parks, whose act of defiance on a segregated bus spurred the Civil Rights movement.

Or Medger Evers, a civil rights activist, murdered by a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Or James Meredith, the first African-American student to attend the University of Mississippi.

Our thoughts go back to Martin Luther King, who had a dream in the summer of 1963…a dream that came true today.

We think of places like Gettysburg and Selma, Alabama, and Washington, D.C.

We recall Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in Brooklyn in 1947.

Or Fritz Pollard, one of the first black players and the first black head coach in the National Football League.

We think of the countless thousands of Americans who made today possible.

Americans  today are bursting with pride and hope, eager to turn the page and make this nation great again.

“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America,” said President Barack H. Obama in his moving inaugural address.

God bless America.


2 Comments on “Obama: Recall Those Who Made It Possible”

  1. Paul Laedlein says:

    You nailed it, Rick! I think that the greatest thing about sport of all kinds is the incredible way that they provide the stage on which we play out (or watch) our values and ideals on a level field. Only cultural and political prejudice prevented us from mixing races on the diamond/court/field/pitch. Once it happened, our sports improved and America improved. Sports led the way. It’s almost like we had to work it out on the field before we could do it everywhere else. You wouldn’t believe how America has ‘come back’ over here in Europe. Not because Obama is Obama but because we proved that our democracy works and that it’s color-blind. Sports proved that first. Keep up the good work – I love reading your stuff! Led

  2. sportslifer says:

    Led, thanks for the note. A great perspective on sports, life and America. I couldn’t help thinking of Jackie Robinson and the other trailblazers on the night Obama was elected — and again during the Inauguration. It’s good to hear that other parts of the world are standing up and taking notice of the historic happenings here in the USA.

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