Who “won” the Presidential Election?

Inauguration Day is tomorrow. I fully expect to see Barack Obama sworn in as the first Black U.S. President.

As in most elections, there was controversy surrounding the candidates. In Obama’s case, there was the question of his U.S. citizenship, his relative lack of political experience, and the suggestion of terrorist ties implied by his name. Still, he won the election. He beat out a seemingly deserving military veteran. Many people were disappointed by the outcome of the election. Myself and my conservative friends included.

I believe, however, that it’s important to keep one thing in mind. Obama did not win the election. He only ran for President. He only campaigned. His fellow Americans – more than 50% of the electorate voted him in. That’s how he got to be President.

So tomorrow, being sworn in with his hand on the same Bible touched by Abraham Lincoln at his own 1860 inauguration, will not be a young, inexperienced Black man with a questionable place of birth, a shifty-sounding name, and a bunch of liberal movie stars in his back pocket. Standing there will be the culmination of what this country is all about: the freedom to run and the right to vote.

I, myself, will be lining up behind the new President. He is – or will be, starting tomorrow, the leader of my country.

Who won? We did.

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2 Comments on “Who “won” the Presidential Election?”

  1. delwin17 Says:

    What is strange but true about the American way is that four months from now, you and I and all the people that didn’t want him in there will be pulling hard and even praying for him to succeed. But the honeymoon will be over, he’ll be doing his job, everything already going bad will probably be worse, and the majority of his present supporters will be ostracising him for not being a God. The press that made money selling stories about how good he is will suddenly find it more profitable to eek out anything that even sounds a little bad if they can make more money doing it because like I said for the last 30 years, The Press is a whore.

  2. paolo. Says:

    I know I would stand in the very same place as both of you had McCain won the election. It’s not about liberal or conservative, it’s about America. Reality will roll Obama down the middle – he won’t be as good as some hope – nor as bad as some fear.

    I caught shit from both sides today. Liberal friends calling O a sellout because of Warren – Conservative friends pointing to today’s stock market. In my usual, charming way, I told them all to SHUT THE FUCK UP AND GIVE THE GUY A CHANCE!

    BTW: Rich, thank you for introducing JB-I to my blog. He’s added some neat color!

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