Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Today was one of the most exciting days of my life, and from a political perspective, today was the best day I have ever known or imagined.
I can’t describe it; there is just nothing that can compare to the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States of America. I wept today for joy at the birth of an America I never dared to imagine. This is truly a watershed moment in American history.
It saddens me deeply that it took eight years of George W. Bush to come to this moment, and that even now this was (popularly) a narrow election. I hope that I am seeing the end of the darkest years of the 21st century. This has been a hard, painful and despiriting time.
But this is a new era. Not just for America, but for the world.
For the first time in history, the most powerful man in the world is a Black man, the son of an African. This is important, and this is transformative. This is a great day.
To paraphrase Shakespeare, they shall count themselves accursed that did not vote today.
It’s time for me to rest. I’ll see you all in the morning, in a new, better world.