Thursday, August 28, 2008

History Made Today: Barack Obama Nominated to Run for President:

History was made today, in Denver. Barack Obama was nominated as the Democratic party's presidential candidate. This is the first time in American history that a black man has been a major party's Presidential candidate.

I'm glad that I've lived long enough to see this happen, but I'm not surprised that it did. America has a pretty good track record for giving people a chance to succeed: even if they're simply not the proper sort.

In my youth, I saw a smooth-talking Irishman run for president: and win. This was only a few generations after one of my ancestors said, of another of my ancestors, "he doesn't have family: he's Irish."

Whether we see President Obama sworn in or not, history has been made.

I have reservations about a number of Barack Obama's policies and views, but that's par for the course for me and a presidential candidate. Or president, for that matter. Despite these differences, I am glad to see that America has passed another milestone in accepting people who don't fit the Yankee/Boston Brahman mold.

Who knows, I may last long enough to see America's first Hispanic president. Or the child of someone who made it out of Vietnam or China working in the Oval Office.

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