All Americans should take great pride and satisfaction in the election of an African-American as president of the United States. Given our nation’s tragic racial history, it says something noble and fine about America that Barack Obama, both a product of a biracial marriage and the son of a Kenyan father, could be elected to the highest political office in the land. I do not believe that there is another country on the face of the planet where such a thing could happen.
Every one of us should pause to give thanks that we have the privilege and great good fortune to call ourselves Americans and that we get to live out our lives in this great “opportunity democracy” where we truly do believe that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The great American story has been our struggle to extend the promises of our founding documents (Declaration of Independence) to an ever greater circle of our society.
Whether someone voted for President-elect Obama or not, we can all agree that with his election, our nation has taken a giant step forward in delivering on the promise of a nation “with liberty and justice for all.”
God bless America!

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