Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Prez Barack Obama: 'We have chosen hope'

Here's an excerpt from President Barack Obama's inauguration speech:

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.


Gente, do you believe Barack Obama will help bring positive change for Puerto Rico? Do you think he will help resolve the island's political status issue?

Do you think boricuas and Latinos in the United States will make great strides with this new administration? I keep hearing all this black and white talk, so I'm wondering. In some ways, I find Latinos have been marginalized from all the media coverage, which is focusing on how blacks and whites feel...

Send Puerto Rico Sun your thoughts.


PRjibaro said...

Obama will help us in what he can, but the final decision is to us puertoricans to make.

Steve said...

Not to sound cynical, and nothing against Obama, but the highlight of my say was knowing that George Walker Bush was gone. In fact, I kep checking for news reports that he had left Andrews Air Force Base. That out of the way, Pureto Rico has a good chance of settling its status once and for all, now that we have a President who ws born ot a black father and a white mother who grew up in Indonesia. He has an appropriate background for resolving this issue.

cumba said...

I am happy to have Obama as President but I am being cautiously optimistic about how much he will be able to accomplish. I do agree that the focus of the media coverage has been on what blacks and whites views are of the new administration. On the other hand, I believe that for the first time in a long time we have someone in the White House who is open to listening to all views.
It is up to us to make our voices heard and I believe through the increase in blogs such as yours, our voices are being heard. We need to unite as Latinos and support each other, respecting our own differences and lending each other a hand to move forward.

Efrainortizjr said...

I believe there is no greater time than now for all latinos united to be heard.It is through understanding and knowledge of each others culture that we can begin to make this happen. Puerto Rico's status is a bit more complicated but, again, through understanding and knowledge the people can make the appropriate status decision.