Meh, angry Republicans can rage on about how much he's going to screw up or continue spreading lies (you know who you are). But the fact is, Barack Obama is now the president of the United States. It's understandable to be somber, but there's absolutely no excuse that people should continue being whiny, poor sports about it.
After it was over and I listened to McCain's speech last night, it was truly moving, and I'll respect the man for the rest of my life. He stressed to his followers to do all they could in helping their president. Because as both campaigns have pushed to say, America is on the stage--and we can't be there divided. And thus, anyone who listened to McCain, and chooses to help their country, has my reverence to them equal to that I had given to McCain.
Yet still, during his speech, hateful, racist remarks were still being shouted out. Did you see McCain's face? He doesn't appreciate that. Staying true to pointless hostilities isn't just betraying your own president, but your own party and former presidential candidate as well.
Last night, Obama made a very good point. Previously, everyone was broadcasting about how "History was made". But America hasn't made its history yet, as he said. First, we need to prove that over this heated election, the American people can wind up on top. No one is going to care about the "first black president" if he doesn't end up being a good one. For that to be possible, he needs the support of the country.
So how about it? Let's make history.
"We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper." ~James Carroll