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copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert.  BeThink.org

It was but a minute after the newly elected President took the "Oath of Office."  At 12:01 Post Meridian, on January 20, 2009, the White House web page was changed.  In the spirit of a new dawn, the Oval Office gave birth to its baby.  The site entered with a scream; yet, hearts filled with joy never heard a sound.  

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The proud parents, the American people, could not be bothered with what in other times might have seemed to be noise.  As they looked upon their new Commander-In-Chief, most just stood in awe, amazed that they could have accomplished so much, with so little effort.  When love gives rise to greatness, sweat and tears are trivial.

A child conceived through connectedness translates into hope for an idyllic future.  Thus, today, at WhiteHouse.gov democracy discovered its second infancy.  Centuries ago the birthing process began.  As the country aged, it stumbled and fell often.  As a tot, she was ambitious.  The teen years were tough.  There were many tears.  Still, the adolescent survived.  As a young adult, America has experienced a deep decline, economically and emotionally we are wrought with woes.  We had forgotten the value of service.  The United States had lost its way.

Yet, there is hope.  On Election Day, as a country, we decided we could change.  We are youthful; yet, not fool hardy.  When asked if we would or could do better, collectively, this country said, "Yes we can!"  

In the words of the forty-fourth President, "We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.  The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

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In this vein, the United States moves from a nation divided, to one older, wiser, and united in a cause.  

As most youth do, on the path to maturity, this country has come to realize, especially after an exceedingly tumultuous trauma, the only resolution is resolve.  As a child on the precipice of life learns, "Communication" is the only cure to what ails us.

As is written at WhiteHouse.gov, we are eager to seek information and share our concerns.  The state of the economy, national security, and issues too expansive to imagine must be discussed.  "Transparency," lucidity, and perspicuity must be a priority if we are to grow strong.

The United States was weakened, for too many, for too long did not "Participate" in a process that is ours alone.  If this newborn, who nearly perished, is to ever return from the brink of disaster we must come together for a common cause. As the "current" President, Barack Obama avows, and knows from his experience as a Community Organizer, "Citizen participation will be a priority for the Administration, and the internet will play an important role in that."

Today, as the nation makes a major turn, history is born anew.  Please visit what is the American people's home, the birthplace of the lovely baby,WhiteHouse.gov.

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