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Monday, November 3, 2008

Final Thoughts on the 2008 Election Season

On this day, Nov 3, 2008, the day before the final ballot is cast and we stand to learn whether Barack Hussein Obama II will prevail as the 44th president of the United States of America, I am proud beyond measure.

I walk around my office beaming at the possibility that this country will stand behind Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia, encouraged and empowered to work for the greater good of this nation.

I am proud for my father who never thought this day would come, yet always assured me that anything you can put your mind to, is possible in this great country.

I am proud for my younger brother whose potential in the eyes of his family will now match his potential in the eyes of others and that the limits placed on him simply by being born male and black are bounds closer to being demolished.

I am proud for my mother and myself as we will see a woman like us – a dark-skinned, elegant, poised, beautifully well-spoken woman represent this nation as First Lady.

I am proud for my family and my people, as the stereotypes placed on us will be re-evaluated and discredited as the world watches the First Family in all their glory.

No longer is the only version of the black family seen on a large scale a dysfunctional, fatherless household of chaos. The Obama’s are the TRUTH that many have not had the opportunity to witness.

As I said in this post, when I returned from the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Barack came at a tipping point in the history of this nation. Barack is not all things to everyone, and he is not meant to be. He may even be just another manipulative politician to some.

However to me and my family and many of my friends, Barack Obama is not merely an idealist spouting hope and change rainbows, but a man who sees this country as it is and should remain. A land of opportunity, success, and prosperity for ALL who work hard, give back, and look out for one another, even if your neighbor isn’t looking out for you.

This is what elevates the human experience.

I speak it into truth: Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States of America.
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