Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Not In Our Stars, But In Ourselves

On January 20th of next year, we will have a new U.S. president, and that president will be Barack Obama.

I'm fully aware that the title of this post refers to Cassius telling Brutus that Julius Caesar must be stopped, and while I fear that some people may be thinking that, I used it because this is not about fate, or destiny, or Fela Kuti - it's about everyone who, as Obama said in his final campaign email:
...made history every single day during this campaign -- every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it's time for change.
I know I did. Besides posting here and here, I gave money often and eagerly, made calls, bought stuff and wrote many letters and emails. Friends went far away to talk to potential voters, got signatures, went to rallies and organized many others to do the same.

We all stood in line to vote yesterday. At 6 a.m. at my polling place, there were hundreds of people waiting, many with their children, and helicopters circled overhead to capture the five-block-long line. Some people I know waited for hours.

I salute everyone who did. Thank you for making this a better country, and a better world.

I wonder what kind of puppy Malia and Sasha Obama will be getting for their move to the White House. May I recommend a Chesapeake Bay retriever?

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