However, my excitement has evolved into immense appreciation and happiness, for I have heard and seen things that America has been missing for a long, long time.
Everywhere I've read this morning describes throngs of people who have been united and have a genuine pride, shall we say, for being American all because of this election. When was the last time we became united for something other than a crisis?
As I was listening to both McCain and Obama as they spoke last night, I was also impressed by how good both candidates were. McCain's concession speech was good, and he lost very humbly (although I think even he was disappointed in his supporters). Obama's speech will be watched and read in history classes in years to come for many, many reasons. If you didn't watch it, watch it now, or read it here--it's amazing.
Barack Obama will be our next president, and I encourage anyone who doesn't support him now, to listen to his offer:
And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.
Some presidents take over power while we are living high and having a good time. Others, like Obama, must take control while we are in an epic nose-dive. If at any time we need to be united and supportive, it's now. Pray for him. Do what you can to help America re-establish itself as a beacon in this world. Give him a chance, if you haven't already--I think you'll find you might even like him.