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Our Hope Was Realized…

Obama’s victory is historic and incredible. However, as I ran today. I reflected on his victory and realized that his win transcends this election. His victory liberated this nation. Senior citizens who had never voted now believe that their vote counts. Those who had never participated in an election now believe that their efforts can make a difference. Those who were afraid to even dream now believe that it is possible to achieve their dreams. And, those previously ruled by fear are now courageous.

We transformed ourselves in just one night. Last night, America won because we voted our collective heart's desire. Like Fannie Lou Hamer, we were simply "sick and tired of being sick and tired". We embraced something new and different. We placed prejudice aside. We decided to hope. And, that hope has made us stronger.

Today is my birthday. I began my birthday listening to my future president give his victory speech. I was so honored to call myself an American. I was encouraged that so many of my fellow Americans joined Obama, me, and so many others on our quest to make this nation live up to its principles. Obama won because a lot of individuals of different backgrounds believed. They believed in him. They believed in themselves. And they believed in America.

As John McCain acknowledged, Obama won, fair and square. Although his victory is not a panacea for all that ails this country, it is a start. For that reason, I continue to have hope!
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