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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

History - and a Prayer

(Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

Tuesday, history was made with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, our nation's first African-American president.

I appreciate the opening prayer of Pastor Rick Warren:

Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

The entire text of his prayer, which is worth reading (or re-reading) can be found here:

President Obama has a huge task before him. Like many, I am curious to see how he will actually lead, the policies he'll propose (and actually get through Congress). How he responds to a future crisis, and the legacy he leaves over the next four years. The campaign, election, transition, and inauguration have all passed into the history books ... now comes the hard part.

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