Archive for November 5th, 2008

New Day

When Barack Obama finally approached the podium to deliver his stirring victory address I looked at the clock and it was just past midnight.  All I could think is, “It’s a new day.”

I woke up this morning after a few hours of sleep, my head pounding and my eyes tired, and I grinned like an idiot.  All I could think is, “It’s a new day.”

Well, it is a new day and while I am filled with joy and hope, teary-eyed from watching the world’s emotional response to this ground-shaking event, I recognize the size and scope of the task ahead for Obama and for us, the American people.  We, as a people, cannot rest on the laurels that we garnered last night.  That was only the end of a campaign.  Today is a new day and there is much to be done, many miles to go before we rest.   But it can be done.  With determination.  With self-sacrifice. With a new sense of personal responsibility. With empathy and fairness.

We should dance now and celebrate this victory.  But when the revelry is over we must stay together and get to work.  Because tomorrow is yet another new day.

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