For those of you who don't know, I voted for Obama in what has become one of the most exciting elections in history. And though not everyone agrees with my choice (including someone who I am married to!), I'm proud of the chance to make a decision like this one. To touch a piece of the event that is making its way into history books as i type this.
i watched the election coverage, teetering on the edge of "will he" or "won't he", as Virginia slowly decided to follow the lead of others & vote Democrat. It was touch & go in the beginning, but more & more i could see the momentum building throughout the other states in the Union.
It was a inspiring moment to hear the first announcement that Barack Obama was going to be the next President of the United States. I was even more moved to hear McCain graciously offer is support & to observe the first speech from Obama after the outcome.
It was something in his words, or in his tone... maybe it was the calm confidence he disolayed... or the obvious love for his family... whatever it was, it gave me a renewed sense of hope.
Somewhere between the wars, the failing economy, the healthcare crisis... the hope started to fade. How did the most powerful country in the world get to this place? I'm not trying to point the finger or place blame on anyone - the damage is done. But last night we saw the first glimmer of hope we've had to grab onto in a long time. And it felt good to reach out for it.
Do i think Obama is perfect? Is he the answer to all the problems in the US? I honestly don't know... what i do know is that he is the person who is going to point us in the right direction - becoming the UNITED States again.
After Obama's speech last night, i started to wonder just how many great things are ahead of us in the coming years. I'm excited to find out...