Congratulations to President-Elect Obama …
from someone who supported the other guy. It is a great day for this country, and one of the things that makes and keeps the United States great is that Barack Obama will be my president too.
I remember asking someone in the Georgian civil wars why this was all worth a civil war, why not an election – he looked at me as though I had lost my mind and said, here in this country, we only have elections once. The winner wins it for good; that is why the stakes are so high. We do not trust that there will be a next time, and if the president comes from one side, he is not the president of the other side, not really. There might be a next time, but because you can’t be sure, you fight now.
My daughter said grace tonight at dinner and paused to ask God to bless President-elect Obama – for which, given that she was wearing a Palin t-shirt, and I’m entirely certain the only one to be found at Sidwell school, I was very happy. At some point down the road, I’ll start noisily disagreeing with President Obama, but this is a time to celebrate the moment, because it is one of the great days in the long history of this country.