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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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