Wednesday, November 5, 2008
11/04/08 - A Moment in History
Last night I was on the edge of my seat for 3 hours as I watched the voting results come into CNN. I was tired and wanted to go to bed but I knew that this election was historic and I wanted to be a part of it and experience it. I'm sure glad I did. Last night, the United States elected its first African-American president. It is so awesome!! As soon as the polls closed on the west coast, CNN projected Barack Obama as the winner. By that time I was thinking, "finally." I love when we are able to experience events that we know will have historical significance and be studied in history classes in the future, and thankfully, this was a positive moment in time.
Many of my friends do not agree with my support of Barack Obama, they think he is too liberal and wants to make the U.S. a socialist nation. To those people, if you think that, then you have no idea how our government works. Our nation is full of checks and balances and separation of powers so it would pretty much be impossible for one person to change a nation in such extreme ways. I fully support Obama and think that he is just the personality type our country needs right now to fix the many problems we have. In my opinion, it's a miracle that anyone would even want the job right now. I certainly wouldn't want to be president and take over the mess that's been created.
John McCain gave a wonderful concession speech. I really appreciated it because I felt the campaign became so nasty so it was nice to have him be a good sport and realize the people have spoken and he wasn't our choice. Although, he did gain a ton of votes. Good for him, he fought hard and he's served a long time but a presidency just wasn't in his plan. Here is a video of his speech, it really was very good.
After watching all of the political analysts speeches and break downs of what happened, everyone has to appreciate what Obama accomplished. Even if they disagree with him, he accomplished something that candidates haven't been to do in ages. He got the young voters to get off their bums and register and vote. He got the African Americans to register and vote and the Latinos and the Asians. Instead of targeting the typical voters like traditional candidates do, he went after the nonvoters and that is a larger population than voters, and it gained him a victory. He has a long road ahead of him but I think that he is just the man for the job. And, if you don't like it, we didn't die after the 8 awful years of Bush, we will survive Obama if he isn't successful, although I find it very hard to believe he won't be. So, Barack Obama, congratulations to you. YES WE CAN!
Here is my favorite Obama Ad: