While watching and reading about this year’s inauguration, I am thinking back to President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, to which I was a proud witness. Yes, I was there at that historic event, and even got to attend an official ball! 

The little ladies, their cousin and me at the Martin Luther King Memorial. 
I
am also filled with so much emotion at the significance of this day that sees
the merging of the inauguration ceremonies of the nation’s first black
president and the celebration of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr
.  
A poster of Obama at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo
Could
the great civil rights leader, who was such a visionary and dreamer have ever
dreamed that the same country that denied him the right to an equal education and
the right to vote would elect a black man to the office of president?  TWICE?!  I know that when President Obama
first announced he was running for office 5 years ago, I didn’t think he would
win.
The Irish want to claim “O’Bama” as their own. 
But it did happen. And since
then, in our travels – everywhere from Dublin to Oslo, and of course in Washington, DC – we have seen the dreamer and the personification of his
dream celebrated.
The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo

Miss V at the Martin Luther King, Jr memorial in Washington, DC
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Congratulations to
President Obama on this Inauguration Day and Happy Martin Luther King Day!