Promise

It was a long night. It’s been a long campaign. But, as I sit here with tears in my eyes watching our new President-Elect speak, I can’t help but think about the promise of the next administration. Throughout the last two years, I’ve hoped that Barack Obama would be the next President. He’s the first presidential candidate we’ve donated money to.
Now, that hope has been fulfilled, and now the promise of a new administration is here. A new day is coming, and in January, the worst president in our nation’s history will leave office and be replaced with one who promises to at least be better, and we hope will be great.
The last eight years, I’ve been full of anger at what George W. Bush and his administration have done to our country. I hoped for change, and that hope felt in vain at times. I’ve been trying not to hope too much because I wasn’t sure I could take the disappointment this time around when the stakes are so high.
But, I don’t have to worry about that. My hope has been fulfilled, and now I’m filled with the potential, the promise, of the next four years. I’m hopeful that Mr. Obama won’t disappoint me.
God bless you, America. Thank you. Thank you for voting in record numbers, for (although a little late in my opinion) rejecting the politics of fear and division, and embracing the future. This election to me was the past vs. the future. We could either keep going the direction that George W. Bush had taken us, or we could decide it was time to embrace the future and become the country we say we are, but never quite live up to.
Yes we can. Yes we did. Yes, yes, we will.
(and not to spoil it, but I can’t help but think that all that Barack’s daughters will remember about tonight is that they’re getting a puppy and got to stay up really late)

3 thoughts on “Promise”

  1. Hey Kev
    Hope springs eternal as they say but this guy has inspired more hope and will have higher expectations than any president ever. I’m not old enough to remember but I’d say Kennedy, who Obama is very much in the mold of did not have the same level of expectation. I seriously seriously hope that he lives up to it. I am by nature a political skeptic but I hope hope hope that Barack truly is the man.
    The one thing I know for sure is the Intl relations will certainly improve. No more scoffing at “old europe”, no more of the unilateral approach.
    I hope that he has the courage that the next time we have a Rwanda or a Darfur that he leads the world to solve that instead of trying to pillage some middle eastern oil fields.
    Enjoy the honeymoon :-),
    Diarmuid

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