November 5, 2008
My ILR table inside William Keeton House on West Campus just finished watching President-Elect Obama (I totally had to backspace over “Senator” right there!) deliver his acceptance speech. I have to admit that I’ve never heard ILR kids this silent.
Calling the last four hours of watching returns in the Keeton dining hall “surreal” would be an understatement. As state after state broke for Senator Obama, we slowly put away all of the open books and laptops and concentrated on the history we were witnessing.
I got a little choked up when CNN broke the news, but I felt much better knowing my parents were reacting in almost the same way. This historic election is the reason my dad came to America, why he has voted in every election since he became a citizen, and why he has always believed America can change.
Senator Obama stands for an America that can reflect and reform, correct its past missteps, and reclaim its righftul place as a moral force for good. Yes, I know I have made that exact same statement about Bruce Springsteen, but I can’t come up with a better way to express how I’m feeling at this historic hour.