I feel much pride this morning as a result of watching the first African American sworn in as the Governor of New York. David Patterson was elevated to the position after the previous occupant Elliot Spitzer was forced to resign amid allegations of using a prostitution ring. Mr. Patterson also is the first visually impaired person to serve as governor since he is legally blind.
From what I have heard from him, this man is more than up to the task. Seeking to calm the state from the Spitzer scandal he said:
"We move forward. Today is Monday. There is work to be done," Paterson said. "There was an oath to be taken. There's trust that needs to be restored. There are issues that need to be addressed."
"Paterson, who is legally blind, was interrupted at several times during his address with thunderous applause. Before he spoke, lawmakers gave him a two-minute standing ovation and chanted: "David! David! David!"
I think it is safe to say that the state of New York is in excellent hands. As I said in the beginning I am filled with pride at this momentus event in our nation's history. This is another shinning example that we can show to our children and fellow adults and say that no matter what the obstacle, we can still achieve. There are no more excuses for why we as a people can not achieve and Governor Patterson is the latest in a long line of African American success stories.