Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Powerful Picture - Power Handed Down

For this brief moment, I don't care about your political views. I don't even care about my own. This is a rare picture that speaks volumes about our country.

We live in a nation where power is handed over from one person/party to the next based on the will of the people. This even happens at the highest level of our government. It can be traced back to our very first President before there even was a such thing as a President of the United States.

On December 12, 1783 after leading our new country to victory in the Revolutionary War, General George Washington respectfully retired and went back to work on his estate. Our French allies could not believe what had happened and it left an indelible mark on human history. Of course, later on George Washington became our first President in 1789 and then retired that position after two terms in office.

What we may take for granted was considered truly remarkable when it first happened and there are still places in the world today where power is not willingly forfeited.

Pray for your country.
Pray for your President*

*or your Prime Minister (for my one Canadian reader)


hunnybeemay said...


penguinsandladybugs said...

True enough....can't help but notice the colors of the ties. Carter and Clinton wearing red....Obama and the two Bush's in the blue family. Meaningful? I don't know...not even sure why I noticed. Cool picture, though!

Arby said...

The peaceful transition of power. Not too many countries can make that claim. I hope that Presidents #39, 41, 42, and 43 get incoming #44 to realize that Presidential conversations are private and not to be leaked. Seems that the President-elect missed that in his first post-election Oval Office visit. The bigger question is, "Did anyone use hand snaitizer after shaking hands?"

Mr. E said...

Sorry I have been gone so long! I love this country. I am glad we don't have to have a miltary coup or a revolution every time we change leaders. I am also glad we get to choose our leader, rather than have someone inheirite the throne like in England.