I stayed late at work last night because I knew the speeches would soon come and I didn’t want to miss anything on the drive home. There is much to do for all of us in the days and months ahead here in these United States, but last night I felt hope again. I found myself a little less cynical and more able to believe that perhaps this nation will indeed be a better place for our children than the one we have known.
I found McCain’s speech moving and inspiring as he pledged his support to his new president and urged the people of this country to come together. I got a bit choked up when he mentioned the recent passing of Obama’s grandmother. And Obama’s acceptance was nothing short of inspiring and presidential. These two good men showed the greatest respect for each other and the people who voted on either side. It makes me proud to be an American again.
If you haven’t seen them, I invite you to watch and listen to both speeches in there entirety in the order in which they were delivered. I hope it boosts your own faith in what this great democracy can accomplish. They were the best concession and acceptance speeches I’ve heard in my forty one years.
I only got three hours of sleep because of watching this all unfold last night, including some local races and right-to-marry issues that I’ll talk about later. But I am refreshed and invigorated this morning in a way that I haven’t been in so very long. I hope that you make it a great day. Oh, and yes, we can.