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Letter: Obama offers hope for all

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Dear Editor,

It's interesting that after two months in office, Barack Obama is being blamed for the state our country is in, indeed the "death" of our economy. He's hardly even moved into the White House, and he is expected to overcome eight years of the previous administration's foreign and economic policy, as well as the greed and egocentrism seemingly inherent in humanity?

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The state our country is in was a long, slow descent and will continue to worsen before we begin bringing it back to a semblance of its former "self." Be realistic about that.

No one, not Barack Obama, not even John McCain, can expedite that arduous, uphill climb. We may expect them to complete this journey overnight, but we as a people united are the only ones who can. Soul-searching, self-examination, change of lifestyle - we all need to undertake these difficult tasks. Take your share of the credit, take your share of the blame. It is all of us together.

The hope and change that Obama spoke of is not just a result of what he will do when he is in office, but is a result of the fact that our country elected him. We are not waiting for the change; the change has come to pass! Regardless of what anyone says about the first two months of his presidency, we have changed this country for those who live in it and in the eyes of the world.

Please don't diminish this with partisan bickering. Never before have we seen anyone but a white man live in the White House, and we have finally turned a new and welcome page in American history. There is incredible hope in that alone, and those who are threatened by it will try to lessen it, but will not.

This isn't a time for division. This is a time to honor the work and legacy of all those who went before us, sometimes giving their very lives for the cause of justice and freedom. Imagine if Abraham Lincoln (another neophyte with a "microscopic" resume?), Harriet Tubman, Thurgood Marshall, Dr. King, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley (Birmingham church bombings), or the approximately 620,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War, had lived to see this day. What would they say upon finally seeing their great sacrifices justified? Hope and change indeed.

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