A few moments ago the major networks called the election in favor of Barack Obama, unofficially naming him the 44th President Elect of the United States of America.
I am stunned and speechless.
As I watch John McCain concede the election, I have a knot in my throat and my eyes water.
It never occurred to me that I would see the first African-American President of the USA, and yet here I am, sitting on my red couch, in Miami Beach, amazed and incredulous.
Obama has just given his victory speech, and regardless of how I have sometimes felt about his oratory, tonight it hit me, it affected me, it penetrated me. More than that, it inspired me, and that is precisely what I expect President Elect Obama to do for the next four years, to grab that amazing and unprecedented energy generated by the hundred upon thousands of followers who made his election possible and turn it into action for the betterment of this country.
I am so proud right now of my country.
May G-d bless and protect President Elect Obama as he embarks on this new journey.
May G-d bless and protect all of us Americans as we embark on this new journey.