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Welcome to a New Day, America

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

It’s 9:25pm Vancouver-time, Tuesday November 4th, 2008. Barack Obama has been declared the winner of the 2008 Presidential election. John McCain has conceded to him. President Bush has called to congratulate him.

The people of the United States have finally allowed themselves to be what they really are: an incredibly proud and diverse population with a long and difficult history. And tonight, they have broken through a barrier as a nation, and done themselves proud.

While Obama may be African-American, of the two leading candidates in this election, he is definitely the best man for the job.

So while race is a big deal for the annals of history, the man who was elected President tonight is like all those who preceed him in this office. He still puts his pants on the same way and faces the same steep learning curve as all the presidents who precede him. And above all, like all the presidents before him, he did not win the election because of the colour of his skin.

Among his impressive speeches of the past, Obama’s acceptance speech was nothing short of spectacular. Reaching out to both Democrats and Republicans, Obama set the standard for his upcoming four years. There will be mistakes and false starts. But he vowed to be everybody’s president.

And so tonight after his victory speech, as the President elect stepped off the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park with his running-mate Joe Biden and their families, we can for the first time in many weeks, go to sleep and sleep soundly knowing that this planet is much safer in his hands than it has been in the past eight years.

Thank you, America, for electing Barack Obama. It was absolutely the right choice. It’s been a long eight years. Welcome back. You have been missed.

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Hours to go…

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The suspense is killing me. We have endured a record two-year election campaign and the end is less than five hours away assuming there are no shennanigans like there were in Florida that ushered in the past eight disastrous years.

Is Obama really poised to make history as the first african-american president or will Palin be the first woman veep? It’s looking like it’s actually going to be the former rather than the latter.

It is amazing to me that there is such a divergent ethos in the United States: one that thinks the country is on the right couirse, despite two unpopular wars, and an economy in the deepest dumps since the 1930’s and the other, promises change from the status quo and hope for the future.

There is disappointment around the bend, however, because no matter who wins the White House real sacrifices are going to have to be made- none of which has been mentioned by either candidate.

If McCain were to be elected, God forbid, the disappointment is that he represents none of the change he preports himself to be. He sold out to the base of the Republican Party and change will come in the form of White House stationery in addition to Obama’s challenges.

If Obama is elected, there is going to be none of the gravy-money sitting around for his pet-projects. The American government is awash in debt with the current annual deficit equalling about $3,300.00 for every man, woman and child living in the country.

The only solace that comes with Obama is that his and the Democratic party’s view of America and the world are real; they are based in reality. There is no “war almost won” for the Dems, or strong economic fundamentals. They also are refusing to buy into the fear mentality that has ruled the Republican-dominated Washington D.C. since 9/11.

In 2000 when George Bush stole the election I consoled myself by thinking,”How bad can things get in four short years?” Boy was I wrong.

Eight years later and we have seen the United States transform itself from being a leading country in all aspects of human endeavour to being a delusional, punch-drunk shadow boxer well past its glory after too many swings at the moths flitting about the light-bulb.

So it is with high hopes that after today we, the citizens of the planet, will have our world back after having it kidnapped by Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz and the rest of the Republican gangsters.

It will be a happy day tomorrow if only because we have persevered through some of the darkest times in modern history under Bush.

The dark clouds are already rolling away as the dawn of a new day- and a new era- brings a powerful sense of optimism and hope that just wasn’t there even a couple of weeks ago.

Good luck, Barack. You’ve got a hell of a job ahead of you. The world is rooting for you.