Words cannot truly express the magnitude of what happened last night at 8:00 PM Pacific time when Barack Obama was declared the victor of the 2008 Presidential race. I was overwhelmed with joy that he had won. We have elected the first African-American president of the United States, and that means so much to so many not only here in the U.S. but around the world.
What surprised me, though, was the sense of relief I felt that we were finally past the Bush years and all the incompetence and corruption and damage to America that they brought. It was that relief that brought me to tears, almost like I could breathe again. What that administration did to this country is unconscionable, but I truly have hope that President-elect Barack Obama can bring back our integrity and position of respect around the world. I have hope that our new President will be able to bring about the change needed to solve the enormous issues we are facing, whether it is global warming or the economic crisis or the wars we are fighting. Hope and change are what Obama represented throughout the campaign, and now he must, with all of our help, realize that change and fulfill that hope. Yes we can!