I never thought I would live to see a President who was not a white male. I was a kid when blacks were fighting for their civil rights, 12 when Martin Luther King was killed. Though it was clear that each generation was less racist than the previous one, I still never thought there would be a black President in my lifetime. Despite the big leads in the polls, I still had my doubts about the outcome of this election.
No matter what you think of Obama, or who you voted for, this is a proud night for America, a night when we can show the world that we do live up to our principles, that all men are created equal, and that this is truly the land of opportunity.
And if you are a conservative lamenting this outcome (Dad!), you can take from this, as I heard Bill Bennett say this evening on CNN, that no group can now claim an excuse for failure.
It's been hard to say this during the last 8 years, but tonight I am extremely proud to be an American.
Now, Mr. Obama, the pressure is on. You have a Democratic Congress to work with, so you should be able to get done what you want. Don't screw it up like your predecessor!