Saturday, January 24, 2009

It happened in my lifetime.

Imagine the adventure of connecting with 1.8 million others from around the globe who for a moment in time were not strangers but the closest of friends. We stood shoulder to shoulder and I thank all who believed and made this day happen. Despite the cold and the size of the crowd it was absolute silence when President Obama spoke.

"What is demanded then is a return to these truths. 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, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task"

I want to thank Shepard and Yosi for inviting me to be part of Manifest Hope DC and for recognizing the importance of art to promote social and political change. Abrazos to Chef Jose Andres for his hospitality and for inviting me to his restaurants and into his home to raise funds for DC Central Kitchen. Gracias to all the campaign workers and to those who sent emails and took the time to connect with me while in Washington. On every corner I met people ready to begin this important work and I am fired up. I know we can do it and we will.

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