Posts Tagged ‘john mccain’

5th November
2008
written by Steph
News flash: Obama won! Tony & I stayed up watching various news feeds on the internet, switching between MSNBC, PBS, and yes, even, occasionally FOX (who seemed to be calling states in favor of each candidate well before all the other networks did). I don’t know when exactly it became obvious to us that Barack had it in the bag, but it was pretty fantastic when the west coast polls closed and all of a sudden his tallies skyrocketed well past the magic 270 and the screen flashed that Barack Obama would be the next president. Of course, then we had to wait for another hour so that we could hear his speech, because we all know the man knows how to give a speech. And speaking of speeches, I thought McCain gave a good concession speech, and only wish it had connected with his target audience more than it clearly did with those squarely in the Obama camp. I don’t believe that his speech makes up for the campaign that he ran, which was fractured at best, and well, far worse than that if I’m not being so charitable. I do not believe that McCain is a bad man, but I do think he ran an atrocious campaign, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say his atrocious campaign ran him. I think it was a regrettable way to essentially conclude his political service to his country, as I can’t see his remaining time in the Senate as anything more than a quiet denouement. But hopefully the ideological threads that were woven throughout both McCain’s and Obama’s speeches will ring true, and the first step towards a united America has been taken. I must admit that I do take some issue with the idea that the victory here is that people wanted a black president to show how much America has grown. If we take the stance that the election of Obama shows America saying “No!” to racism, does that mean then that a failure to elect him would have been evidence that Americans felt they were not ready for a black leader? I think we all lose with that type of reasoning. I would find it far more satisfying to hear people say that they voted irrespective of skin color, and that they chose the best person for the job (and just to be clear, I am sure that most people surely did this). Affirmative action has its place, but I do not believe that a presidential race is one of them. Do we celebrate that the black man’s time has come, or that the best man’s time has come? I respect that it can be both, as the two are certainly not mutually exclusive, but let us hope that America can reach a place where superficial qualities are not used to define a man, a nation, and a moment. I believe that Obama has a kind of political verve and acumen that few people possess. I am confident that his accomplishments will be many and great, and when he is remembered in the annals of American history, the color of his skin will merely be a footnote. I believe Obama restores faith in America to her citizens proper as well as the denizens of the world; he provides a new face to the country, one that instills respect and dignity. He reminds all of us, regardless of nationality, that America united really does have the capacity to rise to greatness, that the human spirit when inspired can soar to incredible heights. And so I say: congratulations to Americans everywhere. You didn’t just do good; no, you’ve done something truly great.