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1.20.09

My Turn, Your Turn: Inauguration

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By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - I must tell you - I voted for John McCain.  I wasn't terribly crazy about McCain, but I'm a moderate and Barak Obama's liberal beliefs stood in the way of me casting a vote in his direction. 

What surprised me is how easily I accepted McCain's defeat, and I think I know why.  In my heart I started celebrating how far this country has come and Barak Obama's election shouted to the world how great this country really is.

I know an America that kids growing up today will never know, and that's a good thing.   As a child I was taught that everyone was equal, but it really wasn't that way. 

We witnessed open discrimination and racism on a regular basis.  As kids we learned in theory an African American could become president.  But we never really thought it would happen -- at least not in my lifetime.

And then along came Barack Obama, and now no American child will ever know a country of limitations.

Mr. President - I did not vote for you, but you are my president too, and that means I'm rooting for your success.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me a yourturn@wect.com.

Response from viewers:

Did you feel different when you got up yesterday morning ?  I did !   I asked the clerk at the store and he said he did too .  He said he was excited and had a feeling of anticipation .  I felt the same way and we both laughed .   

At the ripe old age of 65 I suddenly have a new feeling of hope for my country.  In the last several months I have seen a country of individual immature minds grow into a society of intelligent mature thinkers.

I'm retired military and it's been many, many years but today I am once again proud to be an American and proud of our country.  May GOD bless America, again.

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On a cold January day, history was made. Though the setting quite similar, attitudes have clearly changed. Messages of hope and triumph fill the air, as the world stands in witness to a new and shining era. Mind and hearts are racing with thoughts of what's to come. Tears of joy flow as we sing "We Have Overcome!"

The world has waited long for the promise of a new day when old ideas have passed, all things are possible, we pray. A dawn of hope, courage, and unity, of changing our future path, when the dogmas of oppression are left far in the past.

From conflict to courage, exclusion to exhilaration, oppression to opulence...from fear to fortitude, pain to perseverance, and holocausts to hope...WE HAVE OVERCOME!!!

Though the road ahead may be filled with many obstacles on the way, this mighty nations proclaims with the world: IT IS A NEW DAY!!!

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People want to call Obama a black man.  That's because black people want to relate to him so much.  They are forgetting that his mother was caucasion (white), so he is just as much white as he is black.  I didn't vote for him either, but since he is President, we are stuck with him and I hope he does a good job.  I don't think his actions should favor any one race, but should be for all races.  God made us all the color we are for a reason and we should honor God for all he does.    

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Your words echoed my feelings and should be embraced.  We must now be a support for the new President and do whatever it takes to make it work.  If he meant his words we will all benefit.

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I want to commend you for your commentary today concerning our new president.  I too was not an Obama supporter and felt that he just wasn't experienced enough and had not paid enough political dues to be in the White House and I was afraid of what I did not know about him.  But the day that the election was decided I knew it was my job as a citizen to support him.  I dealt with my doubts through prayer and a conviction that I would keep a positive attitude. 

As the race card continued to be dealt among the media and the nation it brought back many memories from my own childhood.  I began realizing what a part of history I myself experienced during those volatile times in the 70's here in Wilmington.   I still have a journal entry written when I was a young teenager and among the first whites bussed to an all black middle school.  My writing revealed a sense of responsibility, even at that age, to do something to make a difference.   Today, almost 40 years later, those same emotions came back, but with a sense of pride for our national accomplishment, hope that people's hearts have and will continue to be changed, and that our generation did manage to rise above some of the bigotry that we witnessed earlier in our lives. 

I am not na├»ve enough to think everything is perfect but the opening lines of this new chapter of our nation's history have been a pleasure to read.    

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I had the same feeling about the election, I had a true concern for the way Obama voted in the Senate, Voting Present does not leave a foot print to track your thoughts and beliefs in the sands of time.  I felt as if he had crossed the dessert and left no tracks,  I was not upset by McCain losing either,  Even though I voted for him, I knew he was to old and set in his ways,  Twenty-five years in the Senate, Now he wants to reform Washington.  I salute him for his service to this Country and wish him well.  I voted for the less of two evils, Or so I thought, I have listened to Obama since the election, And again after taking the oath as President today,  He can talk the talk with the best of them, I hope he can walk the walk,  I wish him God's speed and congratulate him as my new President.

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