Change is here. For all of us. As I listened to President-elect Obama’s speech, I can’t help but notice a common undercurrent that’s been there since Day 1. Every other word is us or we or together. Has any other President spent as much time addressing those who oppose or disagree with him than Obama just did? If you interpret that observation as an insult, you clearly don’t understand half of Obama’s appeal. We all have a new President, not just 51% of us.
Maybe I’m naive. Maybe I’m drinking the Kool-Aid. Or maybe I’m simply not old enough to be jaded. I want to believe that hope can triumph over fear. I no longer want exclusiveness to rule the land. The idea of knowledge and service and sacrifice all come together to make this world a better place isn’t just appealing, it’s enough to get me out of bed every morning.
Tonight begins the first step of an excruciatingly long, uncertain, and difficult journey. But dammit if it’s not exciting.
Every generation deserves its Obama. He could turn out to be our Lincoln or he could wind up flopping into the history books next to Carter. Either way, I’m excited. For the first time in my adult life, the leader of my country is somebody whom I trust and respect. Right now, that’s good enough for me.