McCain supporter calling C-Span from Ohio: "Something very special happened tonight."
From tonight's speech:
"The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope."
-BARACK OBAMA, November 4, 2008
Where were you when you first heard?
What are some of the memories that rushed through your mind?
I will not forget this speech I'm listening to now, which he is giving in front of half a million people in Grant Park, in which he enumerates what 106-year-old African American voter Anne Nixon Cooper has witnessed in her lifetime: the aftermath of slavery; the rise of woman suffrage; the Depression; wars; the Civil Rights Movement; the election of a the first African-American president. I will not forget McCain's gracious and moving concession speech.
Something very special did happen tonight. We made history. It's a shot being heard around the world: David Cameron in British Parliament said something like this (I don't have the exact quote): "To go from the horror of segregation to the election of a black president in just four decades is a remarkable transformation...[showing that the] United States is a becacon of hope and opportunity and change." He has inspired around the world "a renewed love for the United States after years of dwindling goodwill." At last we can look at our international colleagues with pride in our president and in our nation again. At last. Our "first truly global president," elected joyously by a populace ready not only for change but also for transfiguration.
Barack Obama recognized that we, America, are NOT just Joe Sixpack and Joe the Plumber; we are ALSO Maria of Guatemalan descent, Abdul serving in the army overseas, Jen whose parents immigrated from Asia, Jessica whose great-great-grandparents were slaves, Mike in college voting for the first time. I hope we can do as McCain has called us all to do: cherish our being Americans, together, far more than we cling to being Democrats or Republicans, so that we can all help this new president do his absolute best to serve this country. It's time to replace fear with hope - not optimism, HOPE: an active spirit that strives for the best, in the fundamental conviction that we CAN move toward it.
Thursday, 11/6/08, as of 1:30 pm: