Let us ALL say it together now:
Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama.
I will have a later post as to the prospects for the Republicans in the next four years. but I want to take this opportunity to thank our new president-elect and say that he had two things going for him. A bad economy and a really unpopular president that he successfully ran against.
In politics, timing is everything. And for many Americans, the time was right to elect the first black for the highest office in the land.
No question, a lot of the Obama win has to do with the tremendous support he garnered within the black community.
I was at an event this past weekend and the overwhelming majority of the people were black. Many were showing their support for President-elect Obama. I was thinking the whole time that I could not vote for then Sen. Messiah Barack. Not because he was black but because I found little if anything that I agreed with him about. But, I was also thinking how exciting for many of the people that I was with that they, many who probably were old enough to not be able to drink from the same water fountain as whites or sit at the same lunch counter, would be able to vote for a black man for president.
And, I do understand their excitement.
But, they will have to be prepared for the disappointment that President-elect Obama will have to bring to them, as to many of us, at some point in his presidency.
It is the way that it is in politics.
But, do not take away the victory. For Sen. Barack Hussein Obama is now the president-elect of the United States. And yes, he is my president even though I did not vote for him. That is the way that it is in a democratic system such as ours.
So, it is as heartfelt that I can to congratulate our president elect.
And, the 2012 campaign begins in the morning!