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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Optimism surges on Inaugural Day

It's Inaugural Day in the United States where the first African American has been sworn into the highest office of the land. President Obama has united a nation like no other president in recent history. More than two million people gathered at the Mall in Washington D.C. to experience history in person and millions and millions more watched on television and through streaming video on their computers. Connected by technology, we smiled, cried and cheered as he delivered his first words as commander in chief.

His words were extraordinary in purpose and intent. President Obama said, " On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."

Is that not the purpose of Optimist Clubs? To provide hope. To foster unity. To work towards peace and goodwill. Rest assured; optimism is alive and well in Washington D.C., throughout the United States and around the world.