The best birthday present

By January 20, 2009 Insights

Two months ago I awoke in Morocco to learn that Obama was elected President. Throughout the day Moroccans congratulated me on my country’s soon-to-be new President. For the first time in a long time, I felt proud to be an American.

This morning I joined 60 other people at Juan’s Cafe in San Miguel to watch the inauguration on CNN. In the background we could hear another TV broadcasting the Spanish translation. Many of us had tears as we listened and all of us cheered Obama’s speech. It’s amazing to realize that we now have a black President named Barack Hussein Obama.

And again, for the first time in a long time, I’m so proud of my country.

Today is without a doubt one of my most memorable birthdays.