It probably won't come as a surprise that I was a McCain supporter, but it wasn't an easy decision for me. Both candidates had pros and cons. In the end, Obama's record on abortion influenced me in favor of his opponent. Last night, I was impressed by "my" candidate's class and graciousness in defeat; an example was set for us all. Regardless of any disappointment I might have felt at the time, it was impossible not to feel the gravity what had just happened, and how November 4, 2008, will be a day our nation will remember forever.
This morning, as I watched a portion of President-Elect Obama's speech on the news, Stinky asked, "Who's that?" I was surprised to feel my voice catch in my throat when I answered "That's Barack Obama. He's going to be our next president." I am so grateful that my son will grow up in this time- where a President who isn't white isn't something that will happen "someday," and a woman was a Vice Presidential candidate from a political party that stood a legitmate chance. I am grateful that I live in the country where we get to vote not only for candidates, but also have a say on laws. I am grateful to know that these individuals do not have the final say in my happiness, nor are they the only voices that count.
I don't think anyone can deny that this is an exciting time to be an American.