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While I never planned to do any political blogs on a sports site, I thought that it would be prudent to share some thoughts on this very historic day. I have been incredibly busy lately, and unfortunately was not able to watch the inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama today. I was deeply saddened by this, but I hope to be able to watch the entire address online at some point tomorrow. President Obama is one of the greatest orators that I have ever heard, and there is nobody that I enjoy listening to speak more than the President.

Sports are great for one reason. Sports in general is the only platform that can bring together folks from all different backgrounds and political affiliations and unite us all on one common ground. I'm sure that there are those on this site that I happen to like very much, but we wouldn't get along very well if we were to talk politics. Without trying to give the impression that I am throwing him under the bus, I will use Bigalke as an example. I have a feeling that if he and I were to talk about politics, we would get into a heated argument. However, he is one of my favorite users of this site. Sports can do that.

As a little bit of background, I come from an agricultural family. We own a feedlot (or "Factory Farm" or "Confined Animal Feeding Operation [CAFO]", if you prefer), and have for nearly 90 years. I am a registered Republican in the state of Colorado, and I tend to fall on the conservative side of the legislature more often than not. In fact, I voted almost straight Republican in the elections of this past November. This was the first election that I was able to vote in, and I was very excited to go to the polls during the first week of November (I voted early, which is quite common in the state of Colorado). There are a lot of things to be excited about when you vote in your first Presidential election. I filled out my sample ballot, and strode to the voting computer confidently, as if I had been there before. Now, I mentioned before that I voted nearly straight Republican. The key word is nearly. As I reached to touch the screen for my first official vote, I hesitated. My first official vote couldn't be for a democrat, could it? I laughed to myself a little bit, and then I reached and touched the screen. I cast my only democratic vote of the election in a contested office. I cast my ballot for Senator Barack Obama as President and Senator Joe Biden as Vice President.

I can't really explain why I voted for Obama. There are a number of reasons, but it's difficult to put into words. The way that he can captivate an audience certainly affected me. I, too, felt that a distinct change needed to be made. One of my sisters was in Germany when President Obama won the democratic nomination, and the headline in a German newspaper the next morning read, "A President For The World". If the rest of the world can be that excited about an American Presidential candidate, shouldn't we, as Americans, be more excited? Whatever the reason, I am proud to say that I voted for President Obama in my first election, and I am proud to call him my President. As an American, I feel that it is my duty to pray for the President every day. I feel that it is my duty to support him, but I also feel that it is my duty to criticize when criticism is necessary. It remains to be seen what he can do for our nation and our world. However, today is a great day for both. America will never be the same. God bless President Obama.

US President Barack Obama

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