I woke up this morning feeling optimistic about my country. It was a cautious optimism - guarded, even - but optimism all the same. After 8 years of daily, bile-driven cynicism, I really wasn't used to that, but it felt nice.
Now, I'm not one of those people who think that the fortunes of the U.S. of A. are going to suddenly turn on a dime and it'll be all puppy dogs, rainbows, and unlimited pudding for the foreseeable future. I mean, honestly, now is when the hard part begins. A change was needed, desperately at that, and come January, I sincerely hope Mr. Obama and his staff hit the ground running, because it's going to take a whole hell of a lot of work to achieve even sporadic pudding, folks.
But congratulations on your victory, Barack Obama. Bask in the afterglow of the moment, but quickly turn your gaze to maybe bringing about even a tenth of the Awesome you promised, okay?
And to John McCain... you know, dude, I really liked the you of 8 years ago. If that guy showed up for this election, I'd have probably voted for him. Lord knows I wanted to back then. But still, congratulations on your attempt, sir, thank you for your service to our country both in the military and in Congress, and enjoy whatever comes next.