Blog Entry

Thank you, America...

Posted on: November 5, 2008 11:00 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2008 3:28 pm

So this is my first blog entry on CBS Sportsline (hopefully, there will be many more to come).  I thought it fitting to take some time to talk about one of the most profound events in our countries history.  Last night, sometime shortly after 11:00pm est., it was clear that Barack Obama would be the next President of the United States.  As I sat glued to the TV in disbelief, I tried to take a second and think about what this historic moment really meant.<o:p></o:p>

I'm a 30 yr old African-American male from Boston, now living in South Florida, and It's difficult to describe the many reasons why last night was so awe-inspiring for me.  But as more and more data began to come out on the exit polls, I quickly realized that this historical moment was just as much about YOU, America, as it was about African-Americans.  Here's a few reasons why:<o:p></o:p>

  • 55% of all women voted for Obama<o:p></o:p>
  • 68% of Hispanics voted for Obama
  • <o:p>66% of voters age 18 to 29 voted for Obama</o:p>

<o:p>But one of the more interesting things about this election isn't so much the diverse coalition of voters that DID vote for Obama, but the fact that the African-American turn out difference between this year and 2004 was 2% (11% in 2004 and 13% this year).  In other words, the African-American community, although extemely enfluencial in helping President-Elect Obama (man that sounds good) win, it was truly a nation of people expressing what they believed in their hearts!  Barack is the President of the people.  </o:p>

<o:p>Let me also take a second to say that John McCain was most humble in his concession speech.  Although I may not have agreed with his policies or the direction in which he wanted to take us as a country, he is a true hero who has earned the respect of EVERY AMERICAN!!!</o:p>

<o:p>So, I just wanted to take a second to say, thank you, America for proving to the rest of the world that this is STILL the GREATEST country in the world.  No matter how the election turned out, is proves that our election process IS fair and just, despite it's many flaws.  America spoke with one unified voice and she was heard!!</o:p>

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