My anguished misgivings about our new President were suspended in the flood tide of history today as I sat alone in my living room, crying and cheering like an idiot. But then, tucked deep into his magnificent inaugural address, one statement gave me even greater cause for hope. Speaking of the foundational faith and determination of ordinary Americans, he said:
"It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate."
Okay, call me a delusional optimist, but I believe in answered prayers, and I know that I have not been alone in storming Heaven to open the eyes of this gifted and inspiring new leader (and loving father) to the sacredness of human life at every stage, before and after birth. During the campaign, he famously waffled that such determinations were "above his pay grade." Could it be possible that today, as his pay grade increases to that of leader of the free world, President Obama slipped in a reference, conscious or not, to the heroism of those who choose life for their unborn children? Do we dare to dream that he will reverse or at least modify his stated determination to tear away every remaining legal protection put in place for the unborn generations whose legacy he will shape?
As today's events bore witness, our nation is caught in a sweet moment when anything—anything good—seems possible. Can we hope for an administration that will support both women's health and rights and the right to life? Yes, we can. Let's keep praying.
P.S. Michelle, j'adore those celadon-green gloves, and the girls looked enchanting. In my current state of infatuation with the entire family, I feel like Frankie in A Member of the Wedding.
Images: Top: Thad Posey via msnbc.com; bottom left, Antonelli, Daily News; bottom right, AP.