As I perused my ballot, two large pages, heavy in text on both sides, I felt the significance and history of the moment. Leaving the polling place on a golden fall morning, the honor and privilege to be able to vote was on my mind.
By 7:30 on a pleasant fall evening, the television was tuned to the election returns, with the expectation of a long evening laying ahead. As I emailed my son in Pittsburgh, the computers and pollsters projected an Obama victory in his now home state of Pennsylvania. Then Candidate Obama was one step closer. A hour later, Ohio went the same way.
By 11pm, Senator McCain was calling President Elect Obama, and graciously speaking to his hard working supporters and a watching nation. Finally, around midnight, Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States spoke to the world.
There were few dry eyes in that Grant Park crowd, these eyes are not dry even as I write this, while listening to portions of his speech on the morning news.
“Yes we can!”
Yes. We can move forward undivided. Yes, we can have hope for our future and the future of our children. We can elect a black man to the highest office in these United States.
“Yes we can!”
On Thursday, August 28, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party to be their candidate for President of the United States.
On that momentous occasion of being the first black man in the history of America to run for the Presidency of the United States of America, Senator Obama gave the speech of his life.
Last night Barack Obama won my vote. His speech told me all that I needed to know about the man and what he stands for. His speech reached inside me like few others have, in that he spoke to what I believe in.
Our nation has needed this type of oratory for a long time. Inspiration! Belief in country (it’s no surprise that my friend, Paula Reed, who was fortunate enough to attend this speech, cried at the Pledge of Allegiance).
His speech was powerful. Strong. Inspiring! And should strike a chord with any citizen who believes in this nation.
Normally, I despise political campaign ads because they are normally an attack on the opposition rather than anything about the advantages of a particular candidate.
In the last few days, however, the Barack Obama campaign released this ad that brought a smile to my face. For those of you who might be labeled Baby Boomers, you might even remember the tune from your teenage days.
Let me direct about my leanings right now. I support Barack Obama because I believe he brings a needed wind of change to America. I think our nation has been following a sadly incorrect path of the past eight years or so and that we need to move in a different direction. Senator McCain presents himself as a man of honor, but I’m afraid his policies and direction will be no different than those of the current administration.
What do you think of the Obama ad? Does the US need a change of direction such as Obama might represent? Add your thoughts and comments.