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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Historic times

The feelings I have today are running the gamut. Pride, excitement, joy, awe... Senator Barack Obama is our president elect. A black man. Wow!

Now, when I look at my children and tell them they can be whatever they want to be, EVEN PRESIDENT, it will be true. This morning I called my grandmother who is in her late 80s and asked her what she thought about Obama being the president. "It's wonderful... I never thought I would see the day."

That's what a lot of people have been saying.

What I hope will come out of this, in addition to change in our nation, is that we -- as Americans, as humans -- will rally behind our country's leader. We will look beyond the color of his skin like Martin Luther King Jr. always talked about. Yes, it's historic that a black man is our 44th president. But what would be even more historic is if we (regardless of which way you voted) could finally unite and support this country's next president.

Picture taken by Damon Winter for The New York Times
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6 comments

  1. Yes, what a wonderful day indeed. I watched the Obama rally last night. It was all so very exciting to watch history in the making. It brought tears to my eyes to see this amazing event taking place. I'm glad he was elected. He was the man I voted for. I think he will do our country some good.

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  2. I remember the line that my parents told me about how I could be president. My brothers and I kind of snickered cause we did not believe them. I am sooo glad I was alive to see this day. Not only is he an African-American he is also qualified! There was a time that no matter how smart we were we could not get the opportunity to see how far we could go. We all should be proud that we have come so far as a country.
    Be safe and Be blessed!

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  3. Hi. I stood up all night to see elections on TV (I´m from Portugal, and there´s at least 4 hours difference). I´m happy that Obama won and I liked his speach very much. Hope US can get back on track, it has influence on us (Europeans) too.
    Thanks for visiting my blog trough Entrecard.
    A good Thursday. Mizé.

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  4. It's wonderful.

    I never thought I would see the day...

    And I mean that seriously. It gives me great hope that perhaps my children are destined to live in a world with far less hate and far less anger due to the ill affects of racial discrimination.

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  5. Girl, you read my mind!
    Great post!
    All I can say is WAY TO GO AMERICA!
    xoxo

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  6. This is an amazing day in history! And really long overdue.

    However it has been sad to see the fear and hatred that this election brought to the surface. Now maybe we can deal with the "real" issue of racism.

    I was able to watch a very powerful video on another bloggers site that really put it all into perspective.
    http://homeschoolblogger.com/barrynmissy1972/614698/

    Anyways, great post!
    Kristie

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