I am going to attempt to put into words the impact of the events that have transpired in the last 24-36 hours. This is my view, my opinion, and may be somewhat scatterbrained as I attempt to fully convey my thoughts.
In a simple sentence, it is this: The 44th President of the United States of America is a black man named Barack Obama.
There are no big words or mis-understood complexity in the sentence above. IT IS FACT. There are no controversies surrounding voter registration, hanging chads, inaccurate voting machines, nothing like that. IT IS DONE.
The magnitude of THIS day is actually hard to put into a short summary. There are so many emotions that are sparked that I end up tearing up all over again.
President-elect Obama gave a speech last night that was reminiscent of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr standing in Washington D.C. Here is that 17 minutes of history that you must listen to:
Regardless of your political party affiliation, regardless of your background, tax bracket, color, creed or belief. This is a time to unite and heed the call to service to become active participants in the shaping of the future makeup of this great country.
On a completely personal note, I have 2 kids. My daughter is 6 and my son is 4. My wife and I have kept them aware of the significance of both the overall campaign (the Obama and the Palin factor) and also the efforts that culminated on the night of November 4, 2008. Last night I flipped between many of the major networks (CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and CNBC) and at 7:59pm PST when the election was essentially called I sat on the floor in my living room, pulled my two kids close, hugged them and burst into a fit of completely humbled tears of joy. I got calls from my mom and dad, my in-laws, my 2 brothers-in-law, my best friend and my wife who, unfortunately was out of town on a business trip. I even ran outside last night and tossed back of a shot of 10 year old whiskey with a dear friend and neighbor. It has been a beautiful experience. Also, we here at INFOtainment News did a liveblog of the election results and we had a captive audience of 89 people globally connected and sharing this experience.
In closing, the fact that someone who looks like me has been elected by a majority of the people of this land and now is literally the most powerful person in the industrialized world is quite simply awesome.
It is bittersweet that Obama’s grandmother passed away 1 day before physically seeing her grandson take claim to the Oval Office. I wholeheartedly believe that she smiled down from above and watched her ‘little Barry’ make his victory speech in Grant Park last night.
“We have put our collective hands on the arc of history and bent it towards the hope of a better day…”
Yes, We Can….Yes, We Did.