Mr. Obama, who watched Mr. McCain’s speech from his hotel room in Chicago, offered a hand to voters who had not supported him in this election, when he took the stage 15 minutes later. “To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn,” he said, “I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president, too.”
It's over. It's finally over. You are probably like I am and relieved to have all those political ads and phone calls over with. A lot of people are celebrating over their candidate's victory, and a lot of folks are quietly resigned to their candidate's defeat, not just on the national level, but also in the local political arena as well. Now comes the really hard part ... to make all these sweeping changes work for the good of all Americans.
We have seen a sea change in American politics with this presidential election like no other in my memory. A change in the way the campaigns were financed and promoted. A change in the ethnic and gender groups that were represented on both National tickets. A change from the apathy and disinterest in politics and voting which seemed to be evident in years past to an excitement that sometimes bordered on mass hysteria.
The time for speeches is now past, and now the real work begins for President Elect Obama and his close aides. I can only hope and pray that he does move toward the center from some of his campaign rhetoric and truly make an effort to consider the positions of those who opposed him in this election.
I am one of those who did not vote for Obama, but I respect him as our newly elected President and will lift him up in my prayers as he begins the process of change that he promoted. I pray that those changes will not be short sighted quick fixes that appeal to the crowds, but thoroughly examined positions that advance this great Democracy of ours.
Yes, a change has been voted for by the majority of the people. May that change be for the good of all Americans, regardless of economic standing, gender, race, religion, or any of the myriad ways that we differentiate ourselves. After all, We are the UNITED States of America!!!