Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama: First Black President in U.S. History

About four hours from now, Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. Though he is the 44th president, he shall be the first African-American elected to the Oval Office. The past eight years under the Bush administration have been the worst eight years this nation has ever endured. Conspiracy, greed, sheer disregard for civil liberties and an unprecedented abuse of power will come to an end today when Obama assumes the responsibility of the presidency.

Several years ago, Tupac Shakur delivered the now infamous line "we ain't ready for a black president". At the time of its release, I was a realistic 18 year old and the idea that we would ever elect a black man seemed like something that may have only been possible in the extremely distant future. That future, as it turned out... was only 10 years away. As I listen to the Nas song "Black President" (which samples the aforementioned Tupac lyric), it all comes full circle. I am now 28 years old and I am proud to embrace this monumental moment in the history of our nation and more importantly, our lives.

Nas - "Black President"

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