It was a beautiful moment Tuesday night when Obama took the stage in Chicago. It was a victory for the people as well. Community organizing written large. A victory over the cynicism and nastiness of the McCain/Palin campaign at the end. Ironically, in the end, with his concession speech, McCain was, as the networks said, gracious. I think he was a little regretful, and I couldn’t help to wonder when he mentioned Barack’s grandmother if he felt just a little ashamed thinking of her hearing McCain/Palin attack ads on her death bed.
A defining moment – from the New York Times:
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,” said Mr. Obama, standing before a huge wooden lectern with a row of American flags at his back, casting his eyes to a crowd that stretched far into the Chicago night.
“It’s been a long time coming,” the president-elect added, “but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America.”
A defining moment. Jessie Jackson crying tears of joy and a crowd smiling in disbelief in Chicago. Chanting crowds in front of the White House in DC. People dancing in the street near Pike Place Market.
A defining moment.