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©istockphoto/Cheng Chang
©istockphoto/Cheng Chang

A new day dawned in our nation’s capital. November 5th, 2008 marks an historical moment for the American dream. A dream in which we can all share and a moment of which we can all be proud.

9 thoughts on “Courage!

  1. I stayed up late listening to the returns on NPR. Really a step forward for America historically speaking, and I think whatever one’s political beliefs, one should embrace that!

    Now let’s all roll up our sleeves and get to work!


  2. Well said Tucker. I agree completely. I am an American. Sen. Obama is the President-elect. He will become my President. At 1:00 am, 2,000 VCU students flooded the street and marched downtown to City Hall. They sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” Anyone or anything that can raise that level of pride in America should be embraced.

  3. We watched the returns with our neighbors and all of us got teary-eyed when the networks finally called the election at 10 p.m. It is a moment I didn’t think I would actually live to see; a great new day dawning. It’s going to be difficult with all the problems we face, but now, at least there is a feeling of real hope.

  4. The images of the VCU students are powerful. Also powerful are the images of the dense crowds in many, many cities across the country celebrating in the streets. In particular, I’m struck by the images of a massive flag being drawn across the crowd in Union Square, NYC: http://flickr.com/photos/leesemel/3004962208/in/set-72157608665716000/

    I can’t recall an ecstatic outpouring like this in the past forty years. I can’t recall a speech as powerful as his victory speech in those years, either. Simply remarkable.

  5. So how did all that Hope-itude and Changefulness work out so far?

    Obama campaigned for Democrats–and all of them lost, most notably in Massachusetts. Massachusetts! Ted Kennedy’s former seat went to a Republican!

    And why? According to Obama, it wasn’t about him and his policies. He had the gall to say this: “the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”

    So it’s Bush’s fault that the most liberal state in the nation elected a conservative-leaning Republican.

    When Republicans gained control of the House for the first time in 50 years in ’94, Clinton had the good sense to lie, “America, I heard you.” Obama gets his signature legislation, Health Care “Reform,” destroyed, and he says, “America, you’re not listening to me.”

    The Greeks have a word for this: it’s hubris.

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