Today is a significant day in American history. It’s January 20, 2017 and it’s Inauguration Day. The presidential election this year has been considerably more opinionated and it makes today an even larger event. It’s important to remember a few things today as we move forward as a country.
First, we must remember that no matter where your loyalty lies, these are all humans. These people all matter and they are all as real and normal as you and I. So whether you dislike Trump or not, love Obama or not, the changing of position matters and the feelings of them and their families should be taken into consideration on this day. It’s an exciting day for the Trump family as they move into the White House and start the next four years of their lives. It is also an emotional day for the Obama family as they move out after two terms of presidency and pick up life elsewhere. Keep that in mind as you go through the rest of today and the upcoming weeks.
Second, this is our president. You don’t have to like it, you don’t even have to approve of it. But we, the Americans have voted him into office so we must start clean and give him a chance to do the job we elected him to do. We owe him, at minimum, that chance.
It’s time to set our differences aside and come together as a country. “United we stand, divided we fall.” We have to become one as a country. We’re on the same team. Riots and damage only tear us apart. It hurts us as a nation. Peacefully protest, that is your right. But please be smart, be conscious of this country, your country’s well being and keep things peaceful.
Lastly, well wishes to the Obama family after leading our country for eight years. Obama has showed us what class and respect looks like as he expressed kind words and loving gestures towards his wife and daughters often. He has shown us what a kind and genuine personality looks like as he invited employees’ kids to the White House, wrote letters in response to children who wrote to him and held multiple events for children on the White House lawn. He has shown us what comradery looks like as he publicly acknowledged Vice President Joe Biden on many occasions. While he’s had successes and failures during his time in office (as every president does), he has been steadfast in his faith, family and the country. For that, America has been grateful.
Welcome to the White House President Trump. Here’s to the next four years.