Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama Wins! McCain Concedes.

See it live at CNN.com. Barack Obama is now the first African-American President Elect of the United States of America. He will be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009, the same year in which the NAACP celebrates its 100th anniversary, and Obama will become the 44th President of this nation.

On TV I hear pundits quoting Martin Luther King, Jr., while also reminding us that Obama has been elected the President of All America, not one section. I see blacks shouting, whites weeping, Latinos smiling. My children just called me, and I could hear my 17-year-old son yelling in the background, "He won! He won!"

My 81-year-old mother, a retired school teacher and civil rights warrior, the woman who raised me to be proud of my heritage as an African-American, lies in a hospital bed, and I sit in a chair beside her. She doesn't know what just happened in America tonight. She suffers from dementia and is recovering from stomach surgery right now. She's a child of the Great Depression, the Jim Crow south, and a Hurricane Katrina survivor. If she could understand, she'd be one of the people shouting the glory of God tonight.

My father, the 87-year-old World War II veteran, was asleep. I woke him up and received the mild response, "Thank you for telling me," but he was more interested in how my mother's doing.

I'm not weeping. I'm not shouting. I smile in wonder. Perhaps my children will thrive more now, make more friends of all creeds and color in this nation, and say gladly with me and other citizens of all races, "Barack Hussein Obama is President of the whole United States. Yes. Only in America!"

I am content and will not even let the boos from McCain's supporters disappoint me. John McCain gives his concession speech and quiets them. I believe they'll get over this loss, and hope that they will see we all won tonight. McCain reminds them that Obama was his former opponent but will now be his president, and the elder statesman and war hero says he loves all Americans.

Pictures and previous blog coverage at this link.

I also recommend that you check out The Root, blogs and news by African-Americans.

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