Unless we have some sort of national disaster (and knock on wood that it doesn't happen!), this is the last political post that LIT SOUP will see for four years, with the exception of the annual "Get your ass out the door and vote" posts. =)
I am so incredibly proud of my country right now that I haven't stopped smiling since yesterday night. I was at my parents' house and got to watch the numbers come in across the country with my mom, and to just hear the commentators crying on live TV... amazing.
I am proud that our country has finally elected a black man.
I am even more proud that Senator John McCain gave one of the classiest concession speeches I have ever heard in my entire life, and that you could tell he meant every word of it. I will never agree with some of his political positions, but he has earned my respect as a decent human being.
I am proud that if you watched to the very end of Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night, both Joe Biden's mother and Michelle Obama's mother were brought out on stage and applauded by the crowd. They are of the generations that came before us, and that kept America going, so that I can live here, my children will be able to live here, and my grandchildren will be able to live here.
I am looking forward to the next four years.
And I am looking forward to the fact that one day, in my lifetime, an intelligent and competent woman will be elected President of the United States of America.
My mother never thought that an African-American man would be elected President this early in her lifetime (she is in her 50s). Anything is possible.
In the meantime, I now own a copy of today's New York Times, which I'm going to save to show to my grandchildren, decades from now.
Thank you, America, for making history. =)