It's well after 3am. I should be asleep. I tried to do just that. But it didn't happen. Normally when I can't sleep, it's due to the stresses of life and anxiety about upcoming trips, tasks that must be taken care of, or disagreements where I regretted what I said. Tonight's not like that, though. Since Tuesday, I can admit to not being able to sleep easily. I've been the insomniac because I feel an excitement growing within me.
Yes, as all the pundits said through all of Wednesday, we are in a historic time. They spent the full day talking about how the future face of America being not quite white. Of course, I give it complete respect. The countless times I saw MLK's 'I have a dream' speech on Wednesday made me tear up and cry along with the rest of you. It's big that America has advanced itself to do what I thought was impossible. Fifty years ago, we were in midst the segregation. And now our blackest president to date is moving into the whitest of houses. But I'm not talking about race here. I'm talking about renewal. Can you feel the electric energy that's pumping into America's veins? I feel it. It's like the last eight years have all been a bad dream (a bad dream that's still happening) and yet, we can see the end to this nightmare. January 20, 2009. I count the days. I never knew I could be so excited by cabinet appointments.
I'd have to admit, this week does feel a bit surreal. I'm not sure what to do now
. We did it. We actually did it. As of next year, we have a new Democratic president and a strong majority in the House and Senate. And not just any President. The beautiful orator. The intellectual introvert. The cool-as-a-cucumber candidate. The underdog who was expected to be beaten by Hillary, then John. Barack Obama. And this comes as a surprise to me, but I think I'm more impressed by him now than I had been before November 4. You would think after two grueling years campaigning, the man would put his well-worn feet up and take a little rest. But no, he has already announced his new Chief of Staff
, phoned up nine world leaders
, and unveiled a transition website
where you can submit comments, read platforms and action plans, subscribe to the blog, and even apply for a job. He hasn't even started his first day, and he's at it gung-ho. If he's been faking his servitude to the people and the nation, someone needs to get him that memo telling him that he has already won. Doesn't he have some
palms to clear somewhere in
Now, don't worry. My head's not in the clouds. After these god-awful eight years, I am realistic. I do not think he's a Messiah annointed by God to save the world and our souls. And I surely hope the rest of you don't, either. He's a man. He's done a few votes that I would have disagreed with. All I expect him to do is to work hard and reverse some of the damage that Bush II has done. I fully expect to review all of what he is doing and put his feet to the fire when I feel it's necessary to do so.
But you know what? Unlike Bush, I'm thinking that's what he expects and even wants. Tonight, I spent a considerable reading through Obama's plans for technology and innovation
. I think one of the biggest reasons I wanted Obama to win was because he's a candidate who has his mind on the future and is pushing for greater transparency in our government. He wants to put it all out there for us. He wants to include us. He doesn't want to hide and conceal like Bush/Cheney had done all these years. Instead, he wants to use the power of the Internet in the government to include the people more. He actually wants us to become involved. No more sheeple. We must be people. I really like that. We are not to fear the government, but include ourselves with it. Because that's what true democracy is.
I won't be so bold to say that we've just elected the greatest American President. I have no idea how his presidency will be. Maybe he will have a good start but get bogged down in the politics. Maybe all the personal attacks on him will finally get under his collar and he will crack. Maybe the economy's woes will keep him from the greatness we are hoping he's capable of. I hope not, though. I like to think I have a pretty good instinct in people, and he seems to be the real deal. Not some pussy politician who kisses babies and wears big flag pins. Did you notice that he didn't do too many of those embarrassing photo ops that we normally groan from. And his campaign was tight, a well oiled machine. It's obvious the man knows how to use his resources well.
Whatever the case, these are exciting times. I actually look forward to the future.