A New Day

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again

– The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again

Ladies and gentlemen, our next President and Vice President:

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What an amazing thing.  I’m still in awe; they said it couldn’t happen, a black man wouldn’t be elected president in my lifetime, and yet here we are.  It happened.  Senator Obama is not magic, and he will be tested, but I trust and believe in him, and I feel a great sense of relief and hope that he has prevailed.

At least 7 states that voted Republican in 2004 flipped, there was massive voter turn out across the country, and it’s a new day in this country, I truly believe that.

Senator McCain was gracious and humble in defeat.  Senator Obama was much the same in victory.

Our election was carried out without bloodshed, coercion, or international monitors, something I think we take for granted, but which for many countries is a fact of life.  And although there is sure to be some measure of legal wrangling over the results, come January 20, 2009, there will be a peaceful transfer of power, just as there has been in this country for over 200 years.

It’s an amazing thing, democracy in a truly free country.

Election Poll

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
– John Quincy Adams

Now, you’re all my kind of people, so I know I don’t have to ask whether you voted.  Instead, what with the talk of record turn out and long lines, I want to know how long it took you to vote today, from the time you reached your polling place til you cast your ballot and left.

Me, I arrived at my polling place – conveniently located at a senior center just a few blocks from my apartment – around 8:45 this morning and took my place among about 250 of my friends and neighbors.  I was prepared for a long wait, but the line actually moved pretty fast, especially once they separated the line by alphabet.  I was finished by 9:45, much sooner than I expected.  I’d like to say, too, that the election officals were fantastic – everything ran smoothly and there were no problems that I could see.  And the people in line seemed to all understand the enormity of what we were there to do, and everyone seemed happy to be there on such an important day – there was no complaining and lots of smiling (except the poor toddler who’s dad bumped his head on a partition divider when he attempted to calm his fussing by lifing him over his head – that didn’t exactly quiet the kid down).

So vote below, and share your voting stories, if you’ve got ‘em, in the comments.  Now let’s sit back and see who wins this thing.