I can't remember ever being this thrilled about an election or this hopeful for the future of not just the U.S., but the whole world. Husband, the kids and I were all glued to the television last night along with the whole world, watching history being made. Obama didn't just win an election, he changed the very fundamentals of politics in this country. And his speech was humble and inspiring and let us know that the calm, hard-working man is ready and willing to roll up his sleeves and dig into the godawful mess that this country is in. I cried! For a politician's speech! Me who comes from a long line of sarcastic cynics!
The lack of gloating and chest thumping in Obama's acceptance speech and the way he reached out to not just his supporters but the whole country was awesome and I truly and desperately hope that he is able to bring together people as American's and get them to look beyond Democrat and Republican. He was totally gracious to McCain and I was impressed at the cheers the crowd had for McCain.
John McCain's speech was also wonderful and reminded me of why I used to respect him. He seemed calm and composed, as if relieved that he no longer had to pander to the wacko's in his party with whom he really didn't agree. The reaction of the crowd when he talked about working together to help the country get out of the awful mess it is in was a little disturbing - I hate to think that these people would rather let the entire country go down the toilet rather than help Obama succeed - but it is also more difficult to be magnanimous in defeat than as the winner so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.
For the first time that I can remember, I am not convinced that my grandchildren will be around to see the end of human life as we know it on this planet. I have hope for the future...it's a beautiful feeling!