Wednesday, November 5, 2008
A New Day
Message to the White House: this is what "dancing in the streets" looks like.
It's a new day in America. Even after eight years of incompetence, cronyism and corruption, and mired in the worst economic collapse in 80 years, Americans did not throw up their hands or throw in the towel. Rather than give in to cynicism, we rallied around a message of unity and opportunity and a role for America in which we once again exert our best potential -- with the acknowledgment, help and respect of our neighbors. THAT is something to be proud of.
It's no wonder that 10,000 New Yorkers descended on Union Square to celebrate. (How great is it, by the way, to have a place like that, where you go to political-party with strangers and celebrate together? This night was 10,000 times better for it.) There were chants: "Yes, we did," "No more Bush," "Eight more years," -- and most incredibly of all, we sang the national anthem. I'm not sure if I've ever sung it out loud, but we belted it out, three times during the night. Beats the "U-S-A" chant any day.