When I got home from class tonight, McCain's concession speech was playing on the computer. It was the best speech I have heard him give in some time. He didn't sound angry anymore, he wasn't proclaiming certainty in things that are uncertain. McCain looked relieved. Maybe he's glad that it's over and he can go back to being a Senator. It must have been grueling because he had to know that he was lagging and that the only way he would win would be if the racists and the cheaters managed to get together.
It is almost beyond imagining to me that Obama got 51% of the popular vote.... that's the report at this point. Nobody has mentioned what fraction any other candidate has gotten--Cynthia McKinney, Bob Barr, or Ralph Nader. They are simply ignored by the mainstream media.
Now Obama's giving his speech in front of a massive eager crowd. The rowdies downstairs in our new house have been setting off fireworks, firecrackers in the street and more. There's a buzz in the air. We are all relieved that the neocons have been relieved of duty. We still have a long way to go, but this is a hopeful opportunity for America and for the world.
I love it that Obama mentioned gays right in the opening paragraph of his speech. He is really pushing for inclusivity. These will be tough times for the bigots, but good times for all who have been ostracized. Too bad we aren't going to fix our military overextension and desperate dollar.....but at least we won't collectively and internationally be such assholes and bigots as in the last 8 years.