We were watching the news late this afternoon and getting ready for a long night. There were a few projections and local news on TV. Then at 6:00 PM, they cut away to National News. And then... suddenly...
That photo of Obama and the words
The new "44th President" or something like that. I think I commented "They're being a bit presumptous, don't you think?" We just closed our polls at 6:00 tonight in Hawaii. How can this be?
And then it sunk in! Oh MY GOSH! Barack Obama has won! There was cheering in Grant Park, Chicago! I wanted to be back there in Illinois with our neighbors who must all be celebrating. We called our daughter in Chicago who was ecstatic! We called our son who said they were only getting local news in Santa Fe yet so he checked and broke out in happy cheers.
We savored every bite of that ice cream!!! I don't think it ever tasted so good. When we travel abroad again, we can hold our heads up proudly that we've elected a President who will use diplomacy and intelligence to guide our country and foster cooperation and friendship with other nations. He's got a tough road ahead but he's given me hope that it will get better.
John McCain gave a very classy and gracious concession speech to move us forward together in a positive way. It was very well done indeed.
What a wonderful day for America!
(Photo is from Yahoo website.)