While I am a registered Republican, and while I did not vote for President Elect Obama, I must say after the initial breaking of my heart (not just for McCain but for my local candidates, none of which won), I can appreciate and take pride in this moment. This is monumental--and one of those moments where 50 years from now I'll be saying to my grandchildren, "I was there", when our country took a massive step forward.
Who is to say what the future will bring? Will a President Obama govern to the center or to the left? Will he push semi-socialist agendas through a Democratically controlled congress? Who knows. I believe he will take the time to consider the 48% of Americans that voted for someone else, I have to hope that he does. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
I hope while all eyes are on our great nation, Barack Obama governs well, and with the ease and respect with which he has campaigned. He is an amazing speaker, there is no doubt.
Has he proven to me that he will be able handle the office of the President? And get things done in a bipartisan fashion? No.
But I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt. Since I didn't vote for him, that's all I can give.