The first official news announcing the historic occasion came to my email inbox:
News Alert 11:05 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Barack Obama Wins the Presidency
Barack Obama defeats John McCain to become first African American to win the White House.
McCain’s concession speech was eloquent, full of high rhetoric about honor, integrity, devotion, and perhaps most importantly, unity. In other words, the complete opposite of his campaign rhetoric. I doubt it will be enough to overcome the fear and hatred his campaign tactics have fomented. I hope I’m wrong. At least it was a return to the McCain that I knew and respected when I supported him in 2000 against the disaster that has been George W. Bush. I also hope Obama’s decisive victory means the death of the terrible, oppressive race-baiting tactics that Bush and Rove used against McCain during the 2000 Republican primary — tactics (along with the same advisors) that McCain ironically decided to use in 2008. May they Rest In Hell.
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