The American people have spoken.
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America.
John McCain conceded. There are no hanging chads or recounts. The election is over.
There will be many days ahead where I will offer everything from analysis to criticism to self reflection.
Today, as much as I am disappointed, I offer only congratulations.
Senator Barack Obama won this race fair and square. We can argue about merit and policy, and in the coming months we absolutely will. However, getting elected in politics is a game, and Barack Obama played it well enough within the established rules to win.
Was he lucky? Absolutely. Yet winners capitalize on lucky breaks. Barack Obama cannot have predicted the financial crisis, but enough Americans felt that they could trust him with the nation’s highest office.
Am I worried? Absolutely. However, I am willing to wait and see. Barack Obama is a complete mystery to me. There is still much about him that we do not know.
Is he a stark raving leftist ideologue or a ruthless cold pragmatist?
Will he govern from the left or the center?
I want to see his cabinet.
For now, I want Senator Obama to know that I love my nation more than I ever disagreed with him. I saw how the left treated George W. Bush. I will not become part of an angry mob. I do not hate this man. I genuinely want to work with him.
If he truly wants to govern in a bipartisan manner, I will hear him out. If he decides that those that disagree with him are enemies, than I will work full throttle to protect and defend what I believe in. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
For now, I offer some disjointed thoughts.
For one, it is a genuine shame that his grandmother did not live to see his achievement. I lost my grandmother 6 months ago. Given that my grandmother was a democrat, I am sure both of these women are in Heaven smiling right now.
For another thing, I pray to God for Obama’s safety. God forbid…I do not even say, since it is unthinkable…it would rip this country apart for half of a century. Get this man double or triple the Secret Service protection, whatever it takes to keep him and his family safe. Our very survival as a nation could depend on this.
I am also thinking how much I love America. I am not bitter today. I am a republican, and republicans have won 7 of 10 Presidential elections prior to this one. We cannot win every single one of them.
I am grateful that we live in a land where the transition of power is peaceful.
I hope that Barack Obama has the decency and class to now recede into the background until January 20th, 2009. George W. Bush is still our President, and he deserves to finish his term with dignity.
The tone in Washington has been poisonous for the last 20 years. The way George W. Bush is treated in the next 10 weeks could impact how Barack Obama is treated over the next several years. For those who think that George W. Bush does not deserve an ounce of good will, just remember that Obama has promised unity.
I believe that Barack Obama is more interested in accomplishing things than in exacting revenge. After all, he has not been part of the acrimony. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were not part of it, and yet the hatred that has been going back and forth since Robert Bork was “Borked” by Ted Kennedy has not subsided.
Barack Obama keeps speaking of wanting to unite people, and a few kind words about our current President would be a well received olive branch.
Beyond that, I can only say that we live in a nation where a black man can become President. We will one day have a female President, a Jewish President, and perhaps even a black female Jewish President. Farfetched? Not in America.
Some will criticize the voters for making the wrong choice. I refuse to do this. As Karl Rove has said many times, “The masses are not @sses.”
The American people are the ones that won liberty from England, invented television, put a man on the moon, invented the internet, defeated Nazism and Communism, and found a way to balance deep religious convictions with a functioning secular democracy.
The American people chose Barack Obama. I disagree with the verdict, but respect the American people too much to question it.
I have spent years castigating the left for never giving George W. Bush a fair shot.
I will extend the courtesy to Barack Obama.
Most importantly, I will not despair over this election. I determine my own fate. My success is not defined by who wins elections. Rush Limbaugh has said that phrase, and even those who disagree with him should agree with this view.
I will go to work, love my family, be good to my friends, and continue to build a life with the love of my life.
On Sundays, I will watch football.
This campaign has been draining for me, and I am only a blogger. Like everybody else involved on any level with the campaign, I could use a break. There are other topics.
I will do what we should all do. I will live my life as best as I can.
Good luck Senator Obama.
Excuse me. Make that President Elect Obama.
You earned this, as well as the upgraded title you will get again in 10 weeks.
Use your future title wisely. America and the rest of the world depends on this.