Historic presidential election—how do you feel?
Friday, November 07, 2008
One of my teams has this thread running. I put this there, but worked on my response for a while. I thought I would put it in my blog. Apologies to those who read it there.
I had written a long post the day this thread was first put up, hit the wrong button and it was gone. I was so upset I just put it on the back burner with the idea that I would come back.
I still agree with what I said, but with the ensuing days I am glad I have a little more information.
I wasn't thrilled with either candidate; I was concerned about McCain's age and Obama's inexperience. I liked some of McCain’s ideas, and some of Obama's. I hated some of McCain's ideas and some of Obama's. I wished I could just mesh the two together until I got what I thought would be the best mix.
I voted for McCain...but knew in my heart Obama would win. I was okay with that.
While this is truly a sign that America as a whole is not looking at African Americans as unequal or inferior, I worry that extremists will try to harm him. This would be very bad...for one, just because I believe he is a good and decent man, but for two it would be terrible for our country. I pray for his safety each day, and hope others will too.
I am very impressed with Senator Obama's work ethic of getting right down to business. He has a lot to learn and get together for January and he seems to be taking this seriously. He seems to be focused on the job now. His demeanor has changed...he seems more Presidential. He is inspiring hope and trust in me...I am surprised and pleased.
I was also very impressed with both men and their speeches after the results. I was especially touched when Senator McCain called President-elect Obama, "My President." Whether we voted for him or not, he is OUR President (elect), and we need to support him if we are going to get out of these crises.