Welcome, Mr. President

In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving

I wish I had been there. I wish I had been there to witness the swearing in of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. Alas, patient care kept me here. Yet, watching the President take his oath of office gave me an immense sense of pride in our country. This is indeed an amazing place; a place where, as our President said, “a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served in a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”

God has indeed truly blessed the United States of America.

And our President has wasted no time in getting to work: He issued a number of executive orders, called world leaders, and appointed envoys to the Middle East and Afghanistan.

And finally, President Obama has issued an executive order closing the stain on our moral fabric that is Guantanamo Bay. It is long overdue, and I applaud the President for making that a top priority of his Administration.

I wonder in amazement at the cries of those who claim that closing Guantanamo will make us “less safe.” How is this so? Holding people without charge for years on end runs counter to everything for which this country stands. It is a terrible stain on our country’s image and moral standing. It is the action of petty dictators and violators of human rights, not the United States. We are better than that, and by living up to our ideals, we will be more, not less, safe.

I also wonder in amazement at the accusations that closing Guantanamo is somehow “compromising the fight against terror.” That is laughable. We must pursue all those monsters, neoKharijite or otherwise, who plot to kill us. Failure to do so would be unforgivable. Yet, we must never stoop to the level of our enemies. Never.

In fact, I truly believe that if we conduct ourselves in a moral manner in the fight against the terrorists, the Lord will bless us even more than we have already been blessed. He will deliver our enemies to us for prosecution and trial. Right is might, not the other way around. Thank God, we finally have a President who understands this.

Of course, there are a lot more challenges facing President Obama, and we all have to line up behind him in helping fix the numerous problems our country faces. Still, seeing him in action gives me such a feeling of hope and optimism for the future. His is a fresh face that America sorely needed.

And so, with him go my prayers for success, and I tell him once again:

Welcome, Mr. President.


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