At 7:19 PM Mountain Standard Time yesterday Fox News projected Senator Barack Obama as the winner in Ohio, which as we all know doomed the McCain effort. The rest of the evening was spent in amazement of Mr. Obama’s accomplishment: first Ohio then Virginia, Florida and eventually Indiana fell from the republican column to the Democrat.

Despite all the people in the streets of Chicago, New York, Atlanta and elsewhere there were no reports of violence.

During Mr. McCain’s concession speech boos could be heard at the mention of the President-elect, ever classy those republicans. At long last the age of divisive politics, wedge issues and cultural warfare has been relegated to the trash. Now we all know that those tactics won’t be withdrawn from the republican quiver, but it should be easier to marginalize those who employ them, at least for a cycle or two. As the Washington Post said of the republican party in their editorial supporting Obama for President,

We believe they have richly earned, and might even benefit from, some years in the political wilderness.

In Chicago the future first family was introduced to an adoring crowd in Grant park and it was readily apparent that the President-elect was well aware of what had been accomplished.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

Fasten your seatbelts America there’s a new leader coming who knows there is a struggle ahead that requires leadership, vision and commitment.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

Yes, we know it’s a mess and yes we know it’ll take hard work. Tell me what’s next, help me have hope.

This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can.

Okay, I can go with that. What’s next?

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"Seven Nineteen Mountain and Beyond" by was published on November 5th, 2008 and is listed in Barack Obama, Election 08, republicans.

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