This week has been amazing! After wishing, hoping and praying that Barack Obama would be elected President, it finally happened. I swear, I am so proud of us as a Nation. This is huge, not just because Obama is the first African American President (although that’s certainly a milestone), but because he truly was the best man for the job. He is smart, calculating, even keeled and genuine. I cannot wait to see what he is able to accomplish over the coming years.
I have enjoyed this election, and I’m really going to miss it. I loved the constant frenzy, the intensiveness and the surprising twists and turns. However, there is another reason I will miss the 2008 Campaign: it brought us together. For the first time in a long time people were talking to each other about things that matter. Domestic Policy, the war in Iraq and economics trumped the more mundane chatter of Paris Hilton and Hollywood gossip.
This election reminded me of why America is so great. People really do care. People are able to come together – even when their opinions differ – and try to solve major problems. And not only do people care, they are passionate. I learned so much during this election. I learned about the way Washington works, about states which I had never given a second glance and about the lesser known politicians who are doing great things for this country.
I feel like we as a country lived up to our potential. We went out there and voted. We discussed. We organized and volunteered. And we conducted numerous conversations around the dinner table, debating the pertinent issues that are affecting our nation. I am so proud to be an American.
I hope that even those whose candidate did not win the Election can take solace in the fact that we as a country really showed the world what we’re made of. We are an accepting people who elected an amazing man to lead us through the next four years.
Congratulations America, Congratulations!