Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ok, let's talk about hope...

This is a wonderful day for our nation. I can say that, without reservation, without regret. Barriers have fallen. Walls have come down. Our national ideal is another step closer to reality: a world where all men are created equal. A nation where there is no divide. A country where we are not judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.

The man I voted for did not win. To be honest, the person I wanted to throw my support behind, did not make it out of the primaries.

 Tonight, Barrack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States.

In the last few years, Mr. Obama has promised change. He has preached hope. This overwhelming  victory tonight shows that people are willing to take him at his word. I direct the following to President-elect Barrack Obama:

I hope you are up to the monumental task before you. I mean that with all sincerity.

I hope that you understand what you have done. The country is behind one man, as they have not been in a generation.

I hope you know that people believe in you.

I hope you don't let them down.

I hope you are the President of the United States, and not just the head of a party.

I find your story inspiring. I find your words inspiring. But I am not sold on your intentions or your experience. I hope that changes.

I hope this moment, in the grand but often troubled history of this nation that I love, lives up to it's promises. 

I don't expect to agree with you all the time. I hope there are more times that I do, than moments that I don't.

I hope that your election opens doors, and opportunities for people who feel oppressed, and left behind.

You have a gift for connecting with people. I hope that gift serves you well.

I hope it serves all of us well.

I hope you understand that this nation has enemies in the world. 

I hope you understand that those enemies view your presidency as the lesser of two evils. 

I hope they have misjudged you. 

I hope you are strong.

I hope you keep this nation strong.

I hope you make this nation proud.

I love this country. It is not perfect, but it is a work in progress. We are in the midst of serious difficulties right now, but I still believe in the dream that is America. I hope you leave our nation a better place than you find it.

God Bless America.


Cecily R said...

I couldn't have said it better...in fact, I don't know that I think ANYONE could say it better.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Brilliantly said, Chris!

Susan said...

I have felt speechless since the results rolled in last night. However, you just expressed so beautifully exactly what I HOPE for.
There is so much fear associated with our new president, at least in the circles I am in, and I just hope none of those fears are ever realized.
Thank you for your eloquence!

Anonymous said...

Well written post. And I sincerely believe that he is and he will. :)

Unknown said...

I could not agree with you more. Today is my day of mourning, tomorrow will be the beginning of acceptance and hope that I can see what the majority of our nation saw to lead to this vote. Please don't get me wrong, I am not mourning that McCain did not win, I am mourning the state of our Republican Party. We need to open our eyes, we need to regroup and rebuild as a party.
I have two sons in the military, I pray they can continue to serve our nation and that their salaries are not doled out to those who are expecting a handout.
Your words are eloquent and respectful. It is a new day for our country.
May Almighty God Bless us all!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Michelle said...

What a well written post.

I honestly believe that no matter who you put in the White House you are taking a leap of faith. I don't know about the rest of America, but I don't own a crystal ball and I can't predict how Obama will do as our leader.

I sit here and hope that he is the man who will dig us out of the hole that none of us expected to be in!

Pam Emmons said...

Beautiful, Chris. Well said, as always. I agree with Cec.

Izzy, Emmy 'N Alexander said...

Such a well written piece of art. Hope can make a world of a difference.

Claremont First Ward said...

I LOVE your thoughts. Like Cecily, I don't think it could have been said better.

Cecily R said...

By the way, I just sent this post to most of my address book. Yea, it's that good. Seriously.

Holly said...

Chris, this is beautiful. Just beautiful.

My person also didn't make it out of the primaries.

But we have to hold onto hope....

CC said...

well stated

Pete said...

I wrote in Jack Bauer, but apparently I was among the minority. I'm gonna go work some overtime now so that I can afford my taxes. Seriously, who DOESN'T want to work January through May just to pay his taxes. I KNOW I DO!!! One more quick thing from my old buddy Abe:

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
-- Abraham Lincoln

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Kellan said...

This was so well written and expressed - I loved it! I stumbled it - hope you don't mind! I did vote for Obama, but I too have all these same hopes and wishes! Well said!!

Take care, Chris - Kellan

KatieZ said...

I love this post! You said it all. The man I wanted to vote for did not win either. I was not too proud of either candidate.
Great Post!

Josh said...

Amen to that.

Aaron said...

We are all doomed.

Lindsay said...

I couldn't have said it any better Chris. I feel the same and hope for the same. Awesome post.

tiarastantrums said...

WOW - I really liked these words chris - - - so perfectly written.

Here is what I wrote the same day

Jaime said...

Awesome post! I stumbled it as well.

Unknown said...

Very well said. He was not my choice, although I did not care for either much, I just hope that all goes well and we all rejoice with new good things.

Anonymous said...

So well said. I am with you 100 percent.

I am not convinced, I am not crying tears of joy, but I am still hopeful.

Thank you for summing up so eloquently what so many of us are feeling.

KATE said...

I can't tell you how much I loved this post! THANKS SO much! It was so perfect, and such a great spin on things!

echoeve said...

I have read alot of things, and watched alot of things and I must tell you this really spoke to me.

The person I wanted didn't win.
I agree with everything u said