A Moment in Time
It's very rare that a television show can make me tear up. Tonight that happened. I was watching HBO's outstanding series John Adams.
Tonight's episode ended with the inauguration of General George Washington as the first President of the United States. As the crowd strained to hear, General Washington recited the oath of office tentatively but strongly and obviously moved by the weight and responsibility of the position he was undertaking. There was no sense of entitlement or conquering as he recited those famous words...
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
To this, President Washington added...
"So help me God."
It was said as a prayer and not in the self congratulatory, almost cynical way every president since 1976 has said it.
As I watched this scene I thought of the current occupant of the office and of the 3 people currently seeking the presidency. All I could think of was so help me God.
So help us all.