A miracle occurred today on the west steps of the Capitol Building in Washington. But it is not the miracle you may be thinking about, or reading about ad nauseum.
Yes, it is wonderful that an African-American has been elected President of the United States. And I truly wish President Obama well. We need real leadership right now.
But the REAL miracle was evident in the people around President Obama on the dais: ex-Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton and Bush. The miracle was that, once again, a peaceful transfer of power occurred. No riots. No bloodshed. No revolution. No palace coup.
The fact that four ex-Presidents willingly braved the cold to stand in support of the country's newest leader speaks eloquently of the depth of faith we all have in our nation and in our form of government. In other countries, the ex-President is often jailed or killed in order for the new one to take office.
Good luck, President Obama. We are ALL behind you.