Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Obama wins

Well, it's done with. I mean, as of this moment, Obama has not yet taken the stage, but John McCain has given an amazing conciliatory speech. It was a reminder that despite the sturm und drang of the election cycle that McCain was more than worthy of his party's nomination and the nation's consideration for leadership.

It's not a secret that I've been no fan of the administration that's been in place for eight years. I've felt that we made a lot of mistakes and much of the recent past doesn't reflect the principles of the America in which I wanted to live.

Whether McCain or Obama, tomorrow would have meant a moment for change to what I believe would have been a better America.

Obama campaigned on more issues upon which I agreed than any other candidate from his first days on the trail. I can only hope that he is able to carry out some of his planned policies. I am truly happy he won.

Well, I just took a break from blogging to watch Obama's speech. Transcript here.

As Obama said (and I'm paraphrasing here) the campaign victory isn't the real victory. Perhaps its a cliche, but now the real work of the next few years begins. Obama himself outlined the challenges ahead for the nation and for himself as the torch is passed. Here's to hoping we're (all of us) up to the challenge.

Perhaps appropriately, while I had just seen Obama crest 297 electoral votes on my laptop, the first person I saw on television announce Obama's victory was Jon Stewart (if you missed this evening's Daily Show/ Colbert Report broadcast, it was by-and-large very good).

That's enough for tonight. I'm tired. You're tired.

Tomorrow is a new and different day.

Here's that line:

This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.


Simon MacDonald said...

Us Canadians are sadden by the good sense of the American people in electing Obama. If he had lost the election we had a trade offer which would ship Steven Harper and half of his cabinet for Obama. Upon relocating Obama to Canada we would proclaim him Prime Minister for life!

The League said...

Alas, you may not have him. He's passed the world's worst interview process and the hiring committee decided he's the guy we're going with.

Also, something would seem odd about our Hawaiian-born President-elect heading to Canada in winter...

Perhaps you can work out a deal with the Russians?

J.S. said...

Wait. What about Sleestak? Did anyone get a copy of his concession speech? Was there a lot of hissing?

Michael Corley said...

I was proud of McCain for no wiggiling about.

I am excited for the future. Of course, I'm ALWAYS excited for the future, but moreso now.