Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yes we can!

I'm just back from Daisy/Warren Kinsella's US Election party (Dan was there too). Good time had by all, much drink and much merriment, and an excellent spread as well. And what a night for democracy.

Despite the polls showing a huge lead for Barrack Obama I still had a fear the Republicans might somehow pull off an upset, but this looks to be a decisive victory, at least in the electoral college. A large cheer went up in the crowd as CNN projected Barrack Obama as the next President of the United States.

I thought John McCain gave an excellent concession speech. It was humble, it was unifying, and it honoured the historic nature of this night. And, frankly, it reminded me why I used to really like John McCain, the mavericky straight-talker 2000-era John McCain.

And Barrack Obama's speech --- wow. The man can truely give a hell of a speech and tonight was a keeper. A call to unify, a call to come together to meet the challenges ahead. If you had dry eyes after that, after the story of Anne Nixon Cooper, well, I don't know how that's possible.

Tomorrow, or rather next year, the challenge for Barrack Obama truely begins. He faces enormous challenges, and tremendous hopes have been invested in him. To meet them will be a challenge, to say the least.

But tonight is a historic night. Not only for America, but for the world. I couldn't be more proud of our American cousins. This is a once in a generation chance to reshape America, and its place in the world. It's a transformational moment in history.

Tonight our hope seems a little less audacious. And I hope it inspires all of us, in the United States, in Canada, and around the world, to dream big. To be bold in our aspirations. To truely be the change we hope to see. And to believe that, no matter how big the challenge, Yes We Can.

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