Transferring Power

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On Friday, I attended my first presidential inauguration.  I can say it was quite an experience, and I suspect attending once was enough for me.

Photo by Tasha M. Troy

Photo by Tasha M. Troy

It was very interesting watching the reactions of the dignitaries on the platform, their facial expressions, and how they chose to present themselves, especially when they weren’t the center of attention.

The highlight of any presidential inauguration is the new president’s speech.  There were several things about President Trump’s speech that I found to be of interest, and I would like to share some of my observations with you.

Observations on President Trump’s Inaugural Speech

Photo from BBC News, arrow added

Photo from BBC News, arrow added to indicate my position at the inauguration.

We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams and their success will be our success.

I found this statement to be encouraging and hopeful.  This perspective is absolutely necessary if our nation is to come together in any way, shape, or form, and coming together is a prerequisite for a healing of divisions and wounds.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

This statement reflects a major theme of not only this speech but President Trump’s campaign platform.  It has occurred to me that his election is a direct backlash against globalism.  Because of my passion for all things international, this is a topic I will explore again in a near-future post.

Through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

American society has fractured into a plethora of “tribes” warring against each other.  We don’t see ourselves as one people anymore but rather as groups scrambling for the upper hand.  President Trump sees patriotism as a uniting force, a perspective that is not without historical precedent.  I recently saw the movie Hidden Figures, and one takeaway I had was that, if racial divisions hadn’t been challenged, and to a revolutionary degree (for that day) removed, the US would not have been able to put a man into orbit.  The members of the team, from all races, were united in the goal of accomplishing that amazing goal.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

This phrase sounded like an entrepreneur.  I think President Trump is going to experience quite a bit of culture shock as he moves from the world of business to the world of government.

Whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

This was my favorite statement of President Trump’s speech.  We are all human; we have the same hopes, dreams, and fears.  We have to focus on what unites us as a starting point in order to move forward.  John Maxwell says we should focus on the 1% that we agree on and give it 100% of our effort in order to bridge the differences between us.

While this speech offers me hope, it is up to us, the people he claims to have re-empowered, to hold him to his intentions.

 

Speech quotes taken from Politico.com

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