On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, as everyone is well aware, history was made. The first black President of the United States of America was sworn in, and the world cheered.
However, it is not the color of President Obama’s skin that makes him stand out against his political peers. Again and again, his eloquence and clear-headed thinking, often in the face of intense pressure and scrutiny have imbued him with a kind of grace and wisdom beyond his years.
One of the things that I have always admired and respected about our new President is his straightforward talk, his ability to express the difficulties faced while keeping in line with his pitches for hope and change.
His inaugural address was sober and dignified, while again keeping in line with his platform for hope, change, and citizen involvement. This ability is something that we can all take away with us, is something we can all aim to emulate in our communications.
You can read Obama’s complete inauguration speech here.