Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) defeated Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) yesterday to become not just the 44th president of the United States, but the first African-American to win the nation’s highest office.
- KC's View:
- It is odd to be so far from home - in Puerto Madryn, Argentina, as I write this – and see these events transpire.
I will tell you this. We have met many people over the past few days. Not one said he or she hoped that John McCain would win. We even spotted a few Obama/Biden pins among the populace.
This, apparently, is change that even Argentineans believe in.
I was reminded yesterday by a piece in Slate.com of two concession speeches of the past worth remembering.
One was by Dan Quayle, who said in 1992 that if Bill Clinton “runs the country as well as he ran his campaign, we will be all right.”
The other was by Adlai Stevenson in 1952, who famously said: “I urge you all to give General Eisenhower the support he will need to carry out the great tasks that lie before him. I pledge him mine. We vote as many, but we pray as one."
Maybe for a few weeks or months the campaigning, positioning and posturing – by all sides – will end, and we can make some progress as a country.
Because no matter how you feel about his politics, the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States says that we have made progress as a people.