I wondered as the night wore on what it must have felt like to hear JFK or Martin Luther King. Do you stop and realize that no matter what your politics.......history is being made. These are the moments that will be written and talked about.
Obama told a crowd of more than 100,000 in Chicago’s Grant Park. “Even as we celebrate tonight we know that the challenges tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime: two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century,”
Calling Obama "my president," McCain vowed to work with him to help repair a nation facing profound challenges at home and abroad.
"These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face," McCain said.
After booing Obama's name and offering a few jeers, the crowd came to recognize the history in the evening when McCain paid tribute to the nation's first black president by recalling his own favorite commander-in-chief.
"A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters," McCain recalled. "America today is a world away from the cruel and prideful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States."
I watched with my 14 year old son and my 11 year old daughter and asked them how they felt about what they were hearing and how they thought they would have voted. I asked if they understood the significance of the moment regardless of who won.
My daughter said "Like when 9-11 happened?"
My son said "I was in school when that happened."
As I listened to their conversation that continued about 9-11, I thought, wow... two of the people that I love the most do get it.
And I realized that I was watching history being made.....my history....the moment that my children would talk about to their children.
Yep what a night!
This morning Bush called Obama's win an "impressive victory" and said it represented strides "toward a more perfect Union." He said the choice of Obama was "a triumph of the American story, a testament to hard work, optimism and faith in the enduring promise of our nation."
I see change in our country's future!