I’m not feeling particularly eloquent tonight.  That’s okay, I’ll let the President Elect be eloquent for me.

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In recent days, I’ve heard/seen Barack Obama described as cocky, arrogant, and elitist.  (Yes, still with the elitist argument…puh-leez.)  Anyone who watched this speech and still associates those adjectives with our President-to-be wasn’t listening and is simply trying to justify their dislike of him.

Oh. My. Gosh…We did it.  This is for us.  For our children.  For our parents.  For our neighbors.  For our brave soldiers, sailors, and flyers.  For our relationship with the rest of the world.  For our brothers and sisters who are without homes or without healthcare.

I did not vote for a perfect man.  I did not vote for a man who can singlehandedly change the world.  I voted for a man who believes in the ability of people working together to change the world.  I voted for a man who doesn’t owe anything to anyone except his own conscience and the 300,000,000 people he represents to the world.  I voted for a man who will do his best to fulfill the promise of health and safety for all people.

I also voted for a man who is obviously in love with his wife and incredibly loving towards his children.  Being married to such a man, I’ll admit, it warms my heart.

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I appreciated Senator McCain’s speech this evening.  I have said for ages that I believe John McCain is a great man.  I disagree with his proposed policies, and I would have been disappointed to see him elected President, but I admire him.  I also believe his campaign was out of his control some time ago.  He took some bad advice, handed over the reins, and lost control.  You could see it in his eyes at rallies…he knew he was sinking.  He was embarrassed by the misleading fear-mongering being propagated on behalf of his campaign.  I believe President-Elect Obama knows the real John McCain, and I hope they will work together in the future.

It’s a difficult week for us, on a personal level, but we are light-hearted.  Yes, we have hope.  Yes, we can.  Yes, we did.

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