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:
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.