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Jan 20, 2009

Barack's Been Good, God - Inaugural Prayers for Barack Obama at Ruby's Diner

. Jan 20, 2009

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For our inaugural eve dinner, we hop over to Ruby's Diner down the street for Super Burgers--hamburgers served on grilled Parmesan toast with avocado and the usual fixings. Tasty. Where ever I've gone today while doing errands, the air is simply palpable with excitement. It's truly electric and I feel it even here in Ruby's atmosphere. People are laughing as they wait in line to be seated; they smile at strangers knowingly, as if we're conspirators in a great master plan.

We are seated in a red vinyl booth in the middle of two rows of such booths adjoined on one side. The booths behind, ahead and next to us are already occupied by diners. Two parties chomp happily on their burgers, fries and shakes and the third family is waiting for their food next to us.
This African American family includes two parents and two daughters, one about six and the other near 10 years old. The girls sit next to each other and fold their children's' menus into the toy cars they were designed to become. Their mother sits in the nook of their father's arm wrapped round her shoulders. She wears a large gold cross around her neck.

After we order, the family's food arrives and teases my hunger with the aroma of grilled beef. "Yay!" squeals the young one. Her sister puts her hand over the child's mouth. The parents laugh. The small girl starts to grab a fry and her father stops her hand. "We say grace whether we're at home or away," he tells her. She releases her french fry, all four join hands and bow heads.

Her father prays in a low voice. I cannot hear much and feel rather sleazy listening to someone's prayer. At the end, I do hear a request to bless tomorrow's inauguration. At the end of her Dad's sentence, the youngest daughter says loudly:



"And God, Barack has been very good. Please protect Sasha and Malia's Daddy. Amen!"



An older woman in the booth across from this family, says "Amen", also. A younger couple behind this family clap for the little girl, and others join her in our booth area. I look around at the handful of people clapping, they are white, black, Hispanic people applauding a small child's request to protect this man who assumes his awesome responsibility to protect us, all of us, tomorrow morning.

26 Whispers:

Satin Panties said...

To be honest, its a weird feeling. I never thought this day would come. Its good but weird nevertheless. A black man is the president. When you swish that around in your mind you just say to yourself "wow." I never saw this coming. He seems like a nice guy. Won't be able to solve the problems the US has but he is a really smart and nice guy

Rudy said...

I would love to be there to see this myself. What a wonderful picture, for a little girl to ask God to bless Obama.

We all should do this - for the sake of the country.

Lynn Emery said...

Beautiful- reminds me of that song We Are The World. A nice way to cancel out that woman's "Barack is different" attitude. I included links to both posts in my column at another blog. Thanks for providing sweet linkage!

Vivienne said...

Hello Satin, I've heard a lot of reactions similar to yours. These recent events have truly been historic. My relatives in Europe say everyone over there was also watching the inauguration on TV and buzzing about what's taken place in the US!

Hi Rudy, I agree with you. I said my prayer and will continue to do so. Hearing it from a little girl, though, was so touching and honest. And the way she sees him as a daddy reminds me what is at stake here for that family.

Hi Lynn, thank you so much for linking to my blog! I appreciate that and hope your readers have found the posts meaningful. I'm about to go check out your article.

I agree that this post somewhat washes the bad taste away from the prior one. I'd been hoping to overhear something positive and wouldn't you know it, I heard something priceless instead. Happy New Year and thanks again.

Tanner said...

This is just a testament to how inspiring one man can be, isn't it? It shows that one man can really motivate others and inspire creativity and hope in an entire nation.

Copywriter Chicago Finn said...

It sounds like the daughter was the smartest of the bunch. She kept her prayer simple.

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True Green said...

I'm very happy to have president Obama in office. I wrote a post not too long ago talking about his intentions on the fuel efficiency issues.

I really liked his speech there, although I'm getting off topic...

Good read, thanks!

zunnur said...

And the whole world is watching and waiting for the changes this nice man will bring.

DDW said...

Now, if someone would just pray for Obama to stop trying to protect Bush officials from being prosecuted for torture...

Josie "Boracay beach resort" Kent said...

Go Obama!
Hope he change the country for the better and not for the worst!..

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He is such a great and intelligent president. Nice pic.

crazy currents said...

I hope God will listen to the prayers of lovely kid & bless Mr. Obama with an unprejudiced intelligence sothat he works rationally for the betterment of mankind.

Maricopa County Jail said...

This sounds like a heartwarming moment - the President has some challenges ahead for sure, he will need all of our prayers.

take said...

He is really great to touch another person heart. So many person in another country also like him... Nice post...

Ga said...

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ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES said...

It's not only the Americans that loved Barack Obama for his wit and intelligence. Most Filipinos as well admired him.

viajar said...

obama you are great

Becky Grant said...

I'm so jealous of the Obamas. They look so amazing. Seriously picture perfect. I wonder how they really are behind closed doors?

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Great article here and that is a nice photo. Obama is a great leader; everyone here in the UK thinks so.:D

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Brian H. said...

This is a special time in this country. Praise God we live in a country that is color blind.

Steve said...

On a personality level I do think Obama is charming and a nice guy. I think that if he were my next door neighbor, and not in politics, I could ask him for a favor and he would be quite helpful. I think that during visits or barbecues he would be quite friendly and pleasant to talk to. I think he'd come across as a nice guy.

Matt said...

Barrack is an inspiration to many around the world, well done America. Back to the blog, what a great idea to use conversation you hear in public, superb!!

 

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