I received an email from my friend Joe Beaudry last week. Joe owns a company in Illinois that works with the newspaper industry.

Many newspapers in America, and probably some abroad do business with him. Joe asked me to send a January 20th Daily Progress newspaper to him. He is collecting inauguration day newspapers marking Barack Obama's ascension.

He’s not the only one. Inauguration Day newspapers are expected to be collected by folks across the globe.

Some national newspaper advertisers have said they expect newspapers to sell 50 percent more than usual on either the 20th or the 21st depending on the inauguration coverage.

There was a time when I maintained a pretty sizeable collection of newspapers from major events of my lifetime.

I dragged those boxes from city to city as we moved.

I had copies from Hurricane Hugo, the first Gulf War beginning and ending, various Super Bowls, Final Fours, other locally and nationally significant events.

It was fun; like collecting stamps or coins, only heavier and taking up more space, with less resale value.

Ultimately my collection was left in an attic following one of our moves, and probably used as fire-starter for the new residents of that home.

Since this part of the country voted overwhelmingly for John McCain, the Daily Progress may not sell 50% more copies today, but we’ll still have a big day.

This is an event that transcends party politics. It is truly remarkable. The transfer of power from one President to another is always significant, but this inauguration is extraordinary for other reasons.

Barack H. Obama is the first black President of these United States of America. The job is the toughest in the world, just ask his living predecessors. After today, the color of his skin is a non-issue. After today, he faces the same challenges that George W. Bush faced last week.

He can blame them on whomever he chooses, as politicians do, but he did promise to “change” them, fix them, and make life better for all of us. All Americans regardless of how we voted in November need him to be successful in keeping the United State of America the land of the free, the brave and the land of possibility.

Newly elected Presidents seem to arrive in Washington DC a little naïve; campaigning, they made promises a sitting President would never make.

They ultimately learn that this esteemed position is not as easy as campaigning for it. After a few months on the job, our 44th President will have a lot more respect for the work done by #43.

The new President comes in with a clean slate, no significant baggage. My boss likes to say that “hope” is not a strategy, but let’s hope that our country will embrace the new President, and help him deliver change for the better, for one and for all.

If “change” does turn out to be better, Joe’s collection may be rather valuable.

Good luck Joe.

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