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Don’t let me walk alone
Having listened to all the advice given in the last few weeks, President Paula-Mae Weekes says the one thing she is sure of is that everyone has high expectations and have indicated “that there must be a mustard seed of faith that things can get better” in T&T.
“Old things…good things are indeed possible for Trinidad and Tobago. As your servant I promise that I will work tirelessly. I will labour night and day to do my best by word and deed to open your light and spread the light of others at every opportunity,” Weekes told the audience at yesterday’s Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.
“But if you feel you are going to leave me alone to do all the heavy lifting you are sadly mistaken. Please, do not let me walk alone. By faith, let us stand together and then go forward side-by-side as we carry our nation to greatness.”
Admitting that our citizens’ “reservoir of patience with holders of high office had run dry,” Weekes said she would rub her imaginary lamp and appeal to the collective genies to find ways to make a positive difference in whatever their sphere of influence.
While many organisations and individuals have already asked to meet with Weekes, she appealed to them to bring their ideas and feasible projects to improve the quality of lives.
She also urged those who use social media platforms to report and comment responsibly on facts.
Thanking the Electoral College, God, her mother Phyllis Weekes, family, friends and outgoing president Anthony Carmona for his kindness to her in the lead-up to the inauguration, Weekes said if ever she seemed to be getting too big for her chair “I am sure they will cut me down to size keeping me humble and grounded.”
Having looked at the Constitution, Weekes said she came to conclusion that each President’s role is defined in prescribed notes to “his or her own role,” adding she was now a humble servant with a mandate to render her services with enthusiasm.
As she navigates her course for the next five years, Weekes said she remembered, after completing several marathons, glancing through a runner’s magazine about distance running. The US author of an article had opined that the ideal weight for a female marathoner was between 95 to 100 pounds, she told the audience.
“I haven’t stopped laughing yet since at my lightest I was at least twice times that,” she said, pointing out that if she had read the article before she would not have stretched herself beyond her bedroom, made friends and undertaken wild adventures such to achieve this goal and possible would not have been able to look back with pride, self-accomplishment and satisfaction at her own accomplishments.
“Could this apply to us today? I consider for the period of my tenure our destinies…that is, my and that of our nation, are inextricably linked.”
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