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Yes We Can – America Chooses Hope

In a very clear and strong voice America spoke and elected Barack Obama the next President of the United States of America. At 11:00PM Eastern Time on Tuesday November 4th 2008 CNN projected that Barack Obama had reached the requisite 270 electoral votes to become the 44th President of the United States. By 1:00AM Eastern Standard time Obama was projected to have won 338 electoral votes with John McCain having won 156 electoral votes.

Shortly after CNN declared the winner in the contest John McCain addressed his supporters and graciously conceded defeat to Obama and pledged his support for the President-elect. In response to boos that came from his supporters at his concession, McCain emphasized his intent to support the new President noting that Obama would be his President as well. To some who have followed the career of McCain it was a welcome contrast to the more aggressive McCain seen in recent days on the campaign trail. His demeanor while clearly disappointed showed signs of relief that the long campaign was over.

When Obama came out to address his followers in Chicago it was clear that history had been made. Despite the historic nature of the night Obama did not focus on the victory itself but instead on the road ahead and the challenges facing the nation. He called on Americans of every political leaning to come together to find solutions to our problems and build a brighter future for our children. He noted a woman of 106 who had seen so much history that showed when faced with adversity how Americans had come together to overcome it. He asked all of the people listening to ask themselves if their children lived to 106 what progress would they be able to say they had seen. He offered a challenge to America to find the solutions that will restore those things that we have lost and build a brighter future for all Americans.

The election of Barack Obama to the highest office in the land brings a new day of hope for many who may not have had hope in another time. Even long time politicos were clearly moved by the President-elect’s words and the sheer enormity of the events of the day. Jesse Jackson who once stood at the side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was moved to tears as he saw the realization of at least some of Dr. King’s dream in the election of Barack Obama. This day was not however just a victory for African Americans or Democrats or any faction of American society. This day was a victory for the ideals of Democracy and the hope of a new generation that change can come. Even though times may bring challenges this day shows that when Americans unite behind hope anything truly is possible in America.

Whether you agree or disagree with the political stands of Barack Obama his victory should make you proud to be an American. We the People have come together like never before to say in a loud and clear voice that we demand change and will not go quietly along with the status quo any longer. We demand more from our leaders and will not rest until that change which we so desperately need comes to fruition.

As we move forward from this day we must not rest. We must not think that this is the end of the road but rather the beginning. We must remain vigilant and remember that electing people to lead is only the start of the path to progress. Leaders must be watched and reminded to make good on those promises that they made to garner the votes of the people. Democracy requires hard work and constant vigilance. Many of the problems we face today are a result of too little attention paid to the actions of our leaders. This day of change must bring an end to that apathy and ignorance. Never again must we blindly trust any to lead without accountability. We the People have reclaimed the presidency and now it is time to reclaim our nation.

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