I have to take a moment to express how I feel right now. I have never been so full of joy, hope, inspiration and pride at what America did last night in electing Barack Hussein Obama the 44th President of the United States.
I have to admit, I was skeptical. I was not sure if this country was ready to elect a man like Barack. Even after he won the nomination, I still had my doubts. But man oh man, was I proven wrong. And in a cynical world like this, how often does that happen?
I got pretty choked up on several occasions yesterday, thinking about Barack’s grandmother, thinking about my own parents and how much this country has changed from when they came here 35 years ago. How amazing and inspiring it is for all people, regardless of skin color, background, ethnicity, sexual orientation – to look up and see the Obama family as the country’s First Family and realize that in this day and age, you can still accomplish whatever you set your mind to through hard work, perseverance, skill and dedication.
This election was basically a catharsis, a catharsis of the terrible leadership America has had over the past 8 years – and I look forward to watching Obama lead this country into a better, safer and more prosperous future. As I am sure he will ask, I am willing to sacrifice for this country, and I hope those reading this will do the same.
I’d just like to end with a line from Obama’s powerful acceptance speech last night: “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”