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August 29, 2008

Oh, What A Night!!!


OH WHAT A NIGHT! The man - Barack Obama. The place - Mile High Stadium in Denver. The occasions - 45 years since Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, and the 1955 lynching of Emmit Till converged to make history. I hosted a Yes We Can party to watch Obama accept the Democratic nomination. The room was filled with a palpable excitement and joy rivaling that in the stadium. Our group was as diverse as the faces we saw on the television screen. Our strength and expectations for a better and revived America joined with people throughout this country and this world. Oh what a night. We all felt privileged and renewed to have the opportunity to witness one of the greatest leaders of our time stand with us and for us. I never imagined that I would get a second chance to change the world the way I/We did in the sixties. I am part of a movement bigger than the man who invoked it, Barack Obama, and bigger than the fear that will try to stop it. The Democratic Party came into its own this last three days. A party for the party became a party for the world. I felt the unity and sincerity as Hillary Clinton gave a speech that revealed her love of her country came before her love of politics. See Hillary's speech here. I heard Bill Clinton pick up the gauntlet to fight for a cause bigger than a lost election and remembered why I loved him as a president. I saw Michelle Obama become the face our new first lady. I listened and watched as her face shone with pride as she shared with us the love of her family and her country. Authentic, intelligent and beautiful, she is a role model for all females. See Michelle's speech here. Oh what a night. I danced as Joe Biden's million-dollar smile lit up my heart and confirmed that he has Obama's back. I was not in Denver, but I felt the energy, the belief that this is not a dream. The culmination of everything I have done to change from the inside out came to rest with a call to action. My hopes and dreams for the country I love rise from the ashes and reclaims the luster it once held throughout the nations. I am giddy, and have been since Barack Obama announced his candidacy. I am more resolved than ever to show up and work to insure that the next great speech I hear from Obama will be his acceptance of the Presidency of these United States of America. OH WHAT A NIGHT!


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