Last night, ‘Yes we can’ became ‘Yes we did’ as Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States. This is the triumph of the American dream, Sandwiched Boomers. It’s is what other countries have admired about our country, as a place where all things are possible. And now it’s safe to say to our children and grandchildren, that – with hard work – you really can be anything you want.
John McCain made a gracious concession speech, urging the Republican party to get behind this transformational event and find ways to come together. And Barack Obama made a commitment to heal the divide: “For those whose vote I didn’t win tonight, I hear your voices, I need your help, I’ll be your president too.”
This was the election over hope and fear. Now the question is how realistic are the expectations and will they be met? Obama faces daunting challenges and seems to recognize the gravity and magnitude of the work that lies ahead. He said last night that it won’t happen in the first year, perhaps nor in the first term.
What do you think? Will the country maintain it’s enthusiasm and go from cynical, fearful and doubtful toward the promise of a better day?