This photo was taken at a dear friend's home, with the same people with whom we watched the election results on November 8, 2008.
Months and months ago, I posted my thoughts on why I supported Barack Obama in his bid for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 Presidential election. He was, I thought, a true leader, someone who could inspire and motivate us all, something this country desperately needed after eight years of an administration that will, I believe, be seen in historical hindsight as the worst we have had to endure since George Washington was elected our first President. Everything President Obama (can I stop and interject just how thrilled I am to type those words?) has done since his campaign first began has convinced me that my assessment was correct. He is calm in the face of hardship and stress. He sees the big picture as well as understanding the importance of detail. He is inclusive. He accepts dissent - even invites dissent - because he knows that allowing himself to be surrounded by yes-men is a sure path to ruin. He doesn't need to raise his voice in order to be heard. I believe his election will return this country to a focus on the values that formed us, and that have helped us continue to forge ahead, despite wars and internecine struggles, because he both respects and believes in our Constitution. He really is a man whose actions are consistent with his words, who (as we used to say in corporate-speak) 'walks the talk'.
As far as I'm concerned, he has given us our country back, and I will always be grateful to him for doing that.
Once again, I can honestly say that I am proud to be an American. We did it!!!