Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Today, for the first time in a long time, I am truly proud to be American. After watching an election that went from the ridiculous to the sublime, an election that brought out the worst in people on both sides of the ticket, I am filled with hope. Being able to participate in one of the most important elections with one of the largest voter turn outs has restored my faith in democracy.
I was so impressed with Senator McCain's concession speech. He was dignified, powerful, and gracious. He has earned my respect. Anyone who has served this country the way that he has deserves the respect of a grateful nation.
President Elect Barack Obama's speech was direct, concise and humble. I am impressed and again filled with hope that there can be change. After hearing him speak tonight, I am proud to say that I voted for Obama.
I know there are many who would say that my hopeful view of our new President Elect is naive; however at this point I wonder what good can come from pessimism? Can we not as a nation take the momentum of this moment and continue to fight for what we believe in? It should not matter whether or not we agree on every issue. Isn't the point of this amazing country that we are allowed to openly disagree? So while I choose to be hopeful and elated about the outcome of tonight’s results, I understand that many may not. I hope that you will choose to continue to have your voice heard. I hope that you will remember tonight as a turning point in our nation. I hope that you will find the good in what has occurred. I hope we can all be a part of uniting our country that has been so divided.
Out of many, one.
(A bit about the pictures, I was so excited to get a few shots this morning of voters and the whole process, but turns out that people are not that excited to have their picture taken. I got scolded for my shutterbuging and I got a bit nervous. And since I am still learning, I was not able to take quick shots that were also good shots. oh well.)