Up until the moment where it was announced that Barack Obama would become the 44th President of the United States, I remained doubtful. I remember 2000 and 2004 all too well. I told Grace not to put the champagne back until we know for sure – it’s the sports fan’s superstitious streak that got me. I remain thoroughly amazed and impressed with America as we seemingly got this one right. I quickly wiped a tear from my eye and Iooked forward to a day where my country can return to form and begin to fulfill on the promise that we’ve put aside for eight long years.
Yesterday I volunteered and it allowed me to see people passionately go about their civic duty. It was satisfying to see so many people look past our candidates race and his Muslim sounding last name, to make an inspired choice. A choice that is all about fixing what’s wrong than it is about keeping things the same. It shows that this country is ready for the woman, muslim, jewish, hispanic, asian, or other candidate. It is the example that we all needed to show what is possible.
I have no doubt that there will be times that President Obama will disappoint me. It will be those times that I remember that he is there because he has the daunting responsibility of ruling to a divided country, but that it was this divided country that made him President. It was this very point that made me an Obama supporter – that after eight years of a administration that ignored half of the country, it was time to have a President that respected all opinions, regardless of whether or not he agreed.