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I'm not normally one to publicly air my political views to a broad, unknown audience, but I am very excited at how this year's presidential election turned out, as is, it would seem, much of the world.
I just finished watching and listening to both McCain's concession speech and Obama's acceptance speech, and I have great respect for what both candidates had to say. I was very moved by Obama's powerful speech, and I am hopeful that he will lead us in a new direction. I appreciate his candor - that he has acknowledged that change will not happen overnight, and that it will not necessarily be easy, but I am hopeful that with his win, our nation might embark on a new mindset. I was not hopeful 4 years ago, nor 8 years ago, but today I am hopeful. And it doesn't even necessarily have to do with party affiliation, but with the ideals and goals the candidates have brought to the table.
I place a lot of value in how people present themselves, and if Obama's actions turn out to be as good as his presentation - which I view as genuine, calm and confident - then I think we have good reason to be hopeful.
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I am proud to be resident of a county that helped elect Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. And I am thankful that I have the right to be a part of the democratic process.
And now that we know who our next president is going to be, these questions have come to my mind:
- What's next for Sarah Palin? Will she fade back into Alaska, never to be heard from again?
- How could so many counties in Ohio have voted for McCain?
- Back before technology (internet, TV, radio, telephone), how long after election day did it take before the nation knew who their president was?