Although polls going into the final weeks of October showed Sen. Obama in the
lead, it remained unclear whether the failing economy, dilapidated housing
market, crumbling national infrastructure, health care crisis, energy crisis,
and five-year-long disastrous war in Iraq had made the nation crappy enough to
rise above 300 years of racial prejudice and make lasting change.
"Today the American people have made their voices heard, and they have said, 'Things are finally as terrible as we're willing to tolerate," said Obama, addressing a crowd of unemployed, uninsured, and debt-ridden supporters. "To elect a black
man, in this country, and at this time—these last eight years must have really
Added Obama, "It's a great day for our nation."
And try this one:
"Obama had the foresight to run for president at a time when being an
African-American was not as important to Americans as, say, the ability to
clothe and feed their children," Pung continued. "An election like this only
comes once, maybe twice, in a lifetime."
As we enter a new era of equality for all people, the election of Barack Obama will decidedly be a milestone in U.S. history, undeniable proof that Americans, when pushed to the very brink, are willing to look past outward appearances and judge a person by the quality of his character and strength of his record. So as long as that
person is not a woman.