Thank you, young people


On my blog, I said a few months ago that we 'ought to give kids a whack on the side of the head' so they'd know that change is in their hands. Now you have given the rest of us a whack that shows that you see the light far better than many of your elders do.

You helped us see beyond illusion, beyond the irrelevant, and beyond fear. You taught us hope and you taught us courage. What I saw on the Mall on January 20 was a passing of leadership to you; you have shown us all that you not only have the right to lead but that you will lead with greater hope and courage than we have often shown.

So, thank you for revealing your strength and your vision. The country and the world are in good hands.

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