What an exciting evening it was last night. Watching the results of each state come in, determining who will be our country's next leader. I voted with the majority of my state of Indiana this year, to elect Barack Obama - what a victory! It was such an incredibly tight race here for President in our state. Indiana has not voted Democratic in over 40 years. The people spoke, and we're ready for some Hope of a better way of doing things.
I really like John McCain though, and as I said the other day, I have been a fence sitter for most of the campaign. For me, it really was a tough choice, and I knew that I would feel a sense of defeat right along with whatever candidate did not win. But I also knew I would be filled with hope and excitement with whatever candidate DID win. In the end, my personal decision was to cast my vote for Obama.
Sure there are things that worry me about our new leader, but that is true for whoever would have won. No one is perfect, and I certainly don't know why anyone would want the job as President. But I'm happy that Obama and McCain have the courage, the strength and the hope to keep America the greatest country in the world, and fought for each and every one of us during this campaign.
McCain's speech last night was terrific. It was emotional to watch and I felt very proud of him for all of his hard work and service to our great country. I watched his speech again this morning online, and these three statements tugged at my heart as if it was my first time hearing it...
Thank you John McCain, I do too. You make me very proud to be an American.
"In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving."
"I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited."
"...I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president."
Congratulations to the Obama and Biden families. We've all become part of an exciting time in history together (click here for an interesting picture). Good luck in your new jobs.