Vincent Safuto’s Weblog

Notes and observations

A day like no other

It’s 11 p.m. and this is a day that will be looked back to for decades, if not centuries, to come.

History has been made, and I feel so privileged to live it. I have my worries and fears about the future, and my future employment, housing and so much more, but when the sun rises again, something else rises with it.

Hope. And hope has a name: President-elect Barack H. Obama.

It’s historic – no doubt about that – to see a black man bearing the title of president-elect of the United States. But it’s something else: reassuring.

In these uncertain times, Americans decided it was time for a bold move in a new direction, and they have handed the reins of power to the 47-year-old Democrat and given his party larger majorities in the House and Senate. We Americans kind of worry when one political party has so much power, and that’s a good thing, but we worry more when it seems like our future is less bright, our economy is skidding, our jobs are disappearing and our futures seem to be so gloomy.

Maybe it’s all in our heads, but the statistics on jobs, the economy and 401(k)s show that we have reason to be concerned. Where is our country headed? Where is our world headed? Will there ever be good economic times again, or will the wealthy take it all and leave us with table scraps?

President-elect Obama can’t fix everything, and not right away, and I’m sure that there are disappointments aplenty ahead, but I feel that our country has taken a step in the right direction. We didn’t just elect a black man – we elected the right man for the time.

He has a giant challenge ahead. I just hope he’s equal to it.

Finally, I have to add that this is a moment that I wish my late friends Paula and Bill could have seen.

And on Jan. 20, 2009, there’s a new beginning in our nation, and hopefully some of the scars of the past will be healed and we’ll start moving toward a new era for our nation and the world.

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November 5, 2008 - Posted by | Politics, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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