There has been a lot of discussion about the history we have made with the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. I sensed the history being made as I watched the announcement. It's the sort of stuff that simply had to happen in America, to Americans.
Change really can happen. I remembered when I first heard about Barack Obama. I remember as I clicked my tongue at the ridiculous prospect of a black guy named Barack Hussein Obama running for president. I snickered and sneered when a CNN- Headline News anchor accidentally called him Obama Bin Laden.
I've come a long way. I'm convinced we've chosen the best candidate, but after the last 60 days, I'm convinced he's the best candidate who happens to be black, not because he is black. An old gray-haired lady reminded me that the opposite of "Arab" is not "decent family man." A Governor from Alaska proved that it can't just be any woman, it has to be the right person.
I even learned a lot from John McCain. As I listened to one of his last speeches in Colorado, I had to wonder, "Where the hell has this guy -- this John McCain -- been for the past 60 days?" It just seemed that his best speeches were given on the last day of the campaign. That's the McCain that should have run for president. He's a good man, a patriotic American. We should have seen more of that.
Well, I'm back to work tonight. I've watched 12 hours of political television. Now, it's back to wiping butts.
But I feel exhilarated.
I feel like I've just watched the Eagle land in the lunar Sea of Tranquility;
I've just listened to John F. Kennedy's Inaugural address in 1961;
I've watched the first lauch of Columbia in 1981; and
I've watched as Rosa Parks decided enough was enough, and took a seat at the front of the bus.
Truly, only in America...