Today is the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States of America. It follows the 41st anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, which I wrote about yesterday. Today, I don’t have a lot of words to say, because it’s not really about me today, although it is about me. I’m only a few years older than President Obama (yup, I’m saying it now), but when I was a kid, I never believed I could become president. Sure, I did believe I could become almost anything in the world, but president wasn’t one of those things.

So, today is the day, the day of hope, but with reservations. I know that he can’t fix everything today, and I hope everyone else knows it also. But he does bring hope, and he brings energy, and he brings togetherness. These are things that weren’t prevalent in either 2000 or 2004, so it is indeed a new day.

I thought about what to post here today to help get my feelings across. I decided to post this video for the song “U Will Know” from the movie “Jason’s Lyric”, along with the lyrics to the song; they’re fitting. Congratulations, President Obama; now, let’s get to work:

When I was a young boy
I had visions of fame
They were wild and they were free
They were blessed with my name

And then I grew older
And I saw what’s to see
That the world is full of pain
And my dreams, they left me

And then I got stronger
Inside of the pain
That’s when picked up the pieces
And I regained my name

And I fought hard, y’all
To call by my place
And right now you could ask me
And it all seems in vain

Your dreams ain’t easy
(Your dreams ain’t easy)
You just stick by your plan
(You just stick by your plan)
Go from boys to men
(Go from boys to men)
You must act like a man
(You gotta act like a man)

When it gets hard, y’all
(When it gets hard, y’all)
You just grab what you know
(Grab what you know)
Stand up tall and don’t you fall
(And my background sing)

You will know (you will know)
Yeah, yeah (you will know)
(You will know) you will know
(You will know)

And I know you’re crying
Cause it’s all in his fate
And the things you want
You can’t have
It just all went away

But life ain’t over, ooh
Just grab the wind
And make the mends
And the vow will take you far

Your dreams ain’t easy
(Your dreams ain’t easy)
You just stick by your plan
(Stick by your plan)
Go from boys to men
(Go from boys to men)
You must act like a man

(I know it ain’t easy)
(It gets hard sometimes)
When it gets hard, y’all
You just grab what you know
Stand up tall and don’t you fall
(Stand up tall, don’t you fall)

And you will know, baby
(You will know)
(You will know)
(You will know)
Hey, there’s no doubt about it
(You will know) hey, you will know