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Barack Obama drops into the United States Presidency

“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.” -President Barack Obama

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As I plunk my fingers down on my keyboard. Barack Hussein Obama is getting sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. With this, barriers are broken that many thought they would ever witness in their lifetime, and a new era of hope is ushered in. For the first time in our lifetime, and for the first time in the history of the United States of America, we have a President that eats plate lunch, wears slippahs, and drops into Sandys’ shorepound with all the style of a seasoned local.

We are an Action Sports site, a place where many come to escape the world of politics and such, so I won’t get into any sort of political rhetoric. But to act like this historic day isn’t something that will directly affect all of us would be just plain silly. If you’ve traveled to surf breaks throughout the world over the past eight years, you may be aware of how reluctant people from foreign countries have become to embrace us. For me, having spent Election Day in Nicaragua, it appeared as though a door was closed on the past 8 years and people from all over the world were ready to once again embrace Americans. It was a really cool feeling, and one that I hope will continue to permeate throughout the world over the coming years.

Congratulations Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America

Posted by Shaun on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 in Industry.


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