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Editorial: America's 'change' is a historic challenge

Americans saw history in the making Tuesday as Barack Obama took his oath of office.

Inauguration Day 2009 is a day that each us will remember for generations to come -- as the day America changed.

The day was a reflection of American history as the man of black and white ancestry was inaugurated at the U.S. Capitol, a building built by the hands of slaves more than 200 years ago.

It also reflected that uniquely American government phenomenon -- the very intention of our founding fathers -- as America once again changed presidents and administrations in a peaceful transfer of power.

Today Obama is the 44th president of the United States. It is now his role to help the country find hope again, meet its challenges and rejuvenate America's promise again.

He faces daunting challenges:

- Wars on three fronts -- in Iraq and Afghanistan and on terror.

- An economic crisis of unknown proportions.

- A country pulled part by the practice of partisan politics.

These are just a few of the signs of crisis. These and other challenges are sapping the confidence of America.

Obama's inauguration provides change for America, which is an opportunity for all. Some will not agree with his administration's policies or directions, and that is OK, for dissent is protected speech in America.

However, America faces immense challenges today, some almost monumental in scope and breadth.

As Obama said Tuesday, each of us will have to do our part to meet those challenges with sacrifice.

If we do not, America will fail, which will be disastrous for all of us as well as the world.