All Good Wishes to America

Inauguration Day has arrived and I really want to send love and good wishes America’s way.

I truly hope that the country can pull together now and move on in a peaceful way.

I have no idea why but I spent hours during my childhood and teenage years addressing the American people as incoming President with my upturned tennis racket as my microphone.

If a young Irish girl was doing this, I wonder how many American girls were practicing too.

Good luck to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris but most of all best wishes to American people everywhere.

Looking Westward from Co. Waterford, Ireland

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

34 thoughts on “All Good Wishes to America”

  1. A bitter-sweet moment, at least it’s been a low keyed transition for the out going president and in coming president. I hope that our country can come together despite all our differences…This new president certainly has a lot on his plate to contend with and he needs all the support of the people of the United States ..God Bless America was never so true…

      1. I was reading an item written in 1998 by a woman who worked in the US Civil Rights Movement, and then went to graduate school in Ireland and wrote about her experience there in 1967-1969. She is older than I am, and still actively working for social justice wherever it needs to be addressed. It reminds me that while there is much that separates us, there is much that binds us together.

      2. I came across this speech given Abraham Lincoln and it fits todays world…”With malice towards none, With charity for all, With firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right; Let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nations wounds…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations”…Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)

  2. Such a lovely message, Jean. I thank you for the good wishes. I have hope that when all is said and done, we all still want the same things. I love your memory of you as a young girl. ❤️

      1. Nothing wrong with dreaming big, that’s for sure but one also has to learn that dreams don’t always come true despite ones best efforts and that’s not an easy lesson.

  3. Thank you! Though that doesn’t seem like enough. For me, knowing that there are people out there who care, who wish good things, and who hope for the US is something akin to life-giving. Knowing we are not alone, that our friends are waiting for us, gives me hope. I have never been more ready for an inauguration day in my entire life.

    1. Hope–that perches in our souls. We must pass it on, right? Thank you Jean for this expression, for yours Katie, and for all the others here that just compelled me to reply. Thank you all.

  4. Thank you for your good wishes. May we go forward and remind the world what the United States of America is really all about. I feel a sense of relief as I listen to the speakers today.

  5. Thank you it was a lovely day, everything went smoothly, if you get a chance listen to the Inaugural poem by Amanda Gorman.

    1. Oh, I was watching the whole thing. It was widely covered here in ireland as all US inaugurations are and we have access to US networks too.
      Amanda Gorman is certainly a great talent.

  6. Thanks, Jean. The half of America who voted for the outgoing President has a big target painted on its back. We have been marked for destruction by Big Tech, Big Media, and the Deep State. The other party wants us all in re-education camps. I know it sounds unreal, but they have been saying this in public for months. I am not looking forward to what is coming for me and my friends.

  7. I have been thinking about your comment since I read it last night and am sorry that you feel so threatened, if that’s the word.
    It certainly does seem from the many debates I have heard between supporters of both parties on radio and TV here in ireland that there are big differences, especially at the fringes.
    Hopefully, there is enough common ground and care for country that people will focus on what can be achieved together rather than fight about what drives wedges.
    At least it’s about mindsets and people not natural disasters so there is scope for compromise. If the will is there to move forward peacefully it can be done. I have seen the seemingly impossible happen in Northern Ireland.
    Hope you are keeping well otherwise.
    💚💚

  8. Ireland has always had a closer connection with the USA and its Presidents than the UK. As a child I’d have been hard-pressed to name the President, never mind impersonate him. It’s certainly a relief to hear a sane, balanced voice coming from the White House for a change. And who knows, a female President next?

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