Americans sure know how to party, but can we take on the responsibility?

22 Jan

“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,” – President Barack Obama

This is one of my favorite lines from Obama’s Inaugural Address.  It is calling us to stand up and rebuild America.  We must take responsibility for our shortcomings in order to build, change, and work hard for a stronger and better United States.

Several times throughout Obama’s speech, he called for a greener America.  One that,…will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.” That statement was met with cheers, applause and hands in the air. Later he claimed that, “each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.” This was met by sounds of agreement and excitement.

Everyone on the mall that day seemed very responsive and excited about a greener and more environmentally conscious future. So did January 20, 2009 mark the day when every Obama supporter started to take responsibility for their actions? Pictures of the mall after everyone left would prove otherwise.

Inauguration A Nation Gathers

Looks a little like Godzilla came through and no one seemed to care.

With all of the excitement about Obama’s words, one would have thought that DC would have been the greenest it has ever been, but unfortunately that does not seem to be the case. Like usual we are applauding ideas but not acting upon them. Like Obama says, it is time for us to take responsibility for our own actions. It is on the, “part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world.”


One Response to “Americans sure know how to party, but can we take on the responsibility?”

  1. Robert January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    Preach it preacher! You would think that the people in attendance would know how to clean up after themselves. It amazes me every day at my office the messes that responsible adults will leave behind and expect others to clean up.

    PS- I think your blog name is awesome…almost as cool as (yes that was a little PR stunt to drive more people to my silly blog)

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