It was a proud day for the people of Hawaii as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America on January 20, 2009. I’m still pinching myself knowing the leader of the free world was born here, went to school here, and is going to be running the country with the Aloha Spirit in his heart. Wasn’t it great when he flashed a “shaka” sign (see photo to the left) during the inaugural parade to the Punahou School band as they marched by? My friend and fellow blogger John Fischer was moved to tears by the local gesture.
Awaking to the morning news and seeing more than 2 million people gathered in Washington, D.C. to be a part of history was incredible. I can only imagine what it was like to be there in person amongst all the energy and anticipation as Americans united and witnessed a promise to move the country forward. The President’s speech was powerful and honest, and I loved the line when he said “starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”
This was actually the first inauguration that I’ve watched and it was an amazing day of festivities. But now that all of the celebrating is technically over, there’s one thing I’m curious about.
What slices of Hawaii life will President Obama bring to the White House?
I guess only time will tell if any of these make it to Washington, but in the spirit of fun and Aloha let’s keep the list going.
What other slices of Hawaii life or traditions would you like to see President Obama incorporate during his time in office?
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