Excitement resonates throughout city, state for new PresidentBY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR For everyone who tuned into their televisions, computers and radios last week to hear our new President sworn in and take his place in history, the excitement was palpable. The hope and concern for things to come was clear and was felt throughout the world.
Local and state leaders shared in the energy felt that day and understand, first hand, what it takes to run a government.
President Obama has taken on a heavy load but after his first week in office, he has been sticking to his list of campaign promises and continually asking American citizens for their help in these troubled times.
“We join all Washingtonians in honoring our new 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and concur with his call for national renewal, shared sacrifice and a great generosity of spirit. These are trying times for our state and nation and world, but together we will endure and prevail as we faithfully exercise our duties of citizenship, as neighbors, as family, with civility and compassion and care,” Washington’s Secretary of State Sam Reed said.
Even Republicans are looking to our President to lead us into financial security and a future bright with hope and optimism.
“This is an important time in history we have the first African American in the White House. But more than anything, he is our president,” said Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens. “He will have a lot of challenges ahead of him, as we do in the state legislature. I will be praying that he is the kind of leader our country needs and will make the best decisions for all of us.”
Now is the time to support our new President, whether we are Republican or Democrat, and to understand that he is just a man but that what we do as citizens can make a difference in the future of our country and even the world.
“It was a long, hard-fought campaign that sometimes divided us, but now let us unite and support our new administration,” Reed said. “This is a magical time, a time of possibility for our country, but we have not elected a magician, but a man. Let us go forward with patience and resolve. This is a day of promise.”