When I looked at the TV set yesterday, I saw a grownup, a man who knew what he wanted and maybe how to get it.
"We must act knowing that our work will be imperfect,,,we must act knowing that today's victories will be only partial." He was brave enough to talk about tough problems--the country's financial problems, climate change. He didn't mention guns, but had just a few days ago. And for the first time of any president in an inaugural, he used the word "gay" and talked of three turning points in the struggle to ensure that "all of us are created equal."
One was Seneca Falls, New York, scene of a womans' rights convention in 1848; the second, Selma, Alabama, center of much civil rights agitation in the 1960s; and then Stonewall, where the 1969 raids and riots at the New York bar sparked the beginning of the gay rights movement.
His goal, our president said, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else."
Me made me proud.