05 November 2008

Let's Get This Party Started

Feeling pretty good this morning, I must say, despite the lack of sleep. I was impressed with John McCain's speech, conceding his loss to Obama. Although he was obviously incredibly disappointed, I felt he dealt with it in a very gracious manner, and this in spite of being interrupted several times by the booing and shouting of equally disappointed Republican supporters. Both candidates definitely put up a hard fight, and the time leading up to last night's historic moment was long, but I think it's pretty clear that most Americans do believe the right man won.

As for Obama's speech, I was moved and found it very hopeful and inspirational. Some of my favorite moments:

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."

"And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright, tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope."

"America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves: If our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time...Yes we can..."

Such an enormous victory. I'm sure for the next couple of days we'll hear from pundits on all sides about Obama's strategic campaign and what exactly caused McCain to fall short...by a lot. While I'm no political analyst, I think it's safe to say that the fact of the matter is that Americans want change and John McCain simply couldn't convince the people that he would bring it. I'm also certain that his loss has much to do with the current state of our country and the way Americans currently view Pres. Bush. With the Republican party having led this country for so many years and Bush's approval ratings now at an all-time low, this was never going to be easy.

Being in power can be a great thing, but with that also comes difficulties for it is always those in power who are credited with the greatest victories and blamed for any faults. Obama will have a tough time ahead for sure, and I hope that our overwhelming expectations of him will not lead to a backlash. I believe he can bring the change we need, but we should all realize that it can't happen overnight, and certainly not if our country doesn't come together and unite as one.

Eek, okay SORRY I got so politicky suddenly, but you know, this IS important stuff people! But, let's move on now to some fashion! Yay! Because isn't that what really matters? Not to diss our new First Lady, because I think she's just great, but I'm just going to put this out there...what was up with that dress last night? Anyone?

This isn't the best picture to really show it off, but really? That red on it just seems so odd and I'm just not sure it's the most flattering on her. Anyway, I just thought it was a strange choice considering how great she's always looked before.


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