On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
"On this day, we gather," meaning obviously the inauguration, he won on election night and he is going to be sworn in as President. The use of "we" at first brings to mind "we" as American citizens, yet that is not necessarily what it conveys. It is “we,” those who voted for Obama, his supporters and followers. There is nothing wrong with that, and I have no problem with those specific words. Yet it is the next sort of words in where I'm a little offended, where people gathered "because we have chosen hope over fear, unity over conflict and discord." What am I to make of this, as someone who did not vote for Obama? That I most likely have chosen fear over hope and conflict and discord over purpose? From all the lines from his speech, this one will stick with me for a very long time. It will probably be the only line I will remember (which is sad, really). Maybe I’m overdramatizing the line, maybe not. Whatever the case, who is really to blame?