Congratulations President Obama

I have an incredible feeling of optimism. Finally, a new beginning. Hope. Progress. A joyful new day.

Congratulations President Barack Obama. I can’t wait to see you in action. Make us proud!

UPDATE: Obama’s victory speech gave me goosebumps.

Here are my favorite bits…

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

Its the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America

… But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way its been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if Americas beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

  • Krishna

    Just as the overthrow of H.W. Bush's Presidency by Clinton signaled America's rejection of the last of its honourable veterans of WW II (in favour of a Pot smoking draft dodger), this election has seen the casting aside of the last of the heroes of the Vietnam War by a questionably financed and befriended, inexperienced candidate running on similar platitudes (Hope, Change)
    Oh well, at least McCain offered to help the newbie out (better than Clinton's offer to him after the Primary). Sen McCain, your country and the world owes you a great debt. No one captured and tortured by a peoples has done more to mend fences between them. We will miss you sir!
    One can only hope that he actually does better than his predecessor and his inexperience doesn't result in similar results for the world (remember Rwanda)! Not “Hope”, Pray!!!

  • Prithvi

    Shripriya!
    This is a simply super new look – and I think you picked a splendid day for the unveiling – hope springs eternal in the human breast! I think McCain's concession was very moving and finally the real McCain. And as for our man – I thought this quote from his 2004 DNC speech explains why I am unspeakably happy and hopeful today that Americans made the right choice!

    “People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better. And they want that choice.”

  • Congratulation to obama..it is just the beginning and it is going to bea long hard tour…if he succeeds, which everyone hopes, he will go down as one of the best U.S presidents…

    nice theme and did you do it all on your own…i would have have loved to see the I love chennai badge on the right of your shirt 🙂

  • Eileen

    Barack Obama gives new meaning to the term “World Leader.” So happy and proud!

  • What about another honorable veteran – Kerry? He lost to the biggest idiot and the worst president ever. That was sad.

    Let's judge people after giving them a chance. The expectations are high. If he can deliver against a majority of his promises, our country will be in a much better place.

  • Hey Prithvi – great to see you here! And glad you like the new look 🙂

    Yes, McCain was gracious. If he had behaved this way through his whole campaign and picked a VP worth picking, this might have turned out a bit differently – he would likely have still lost, but it might have been closer instead of being a complete blowout.

  • Rajesh – yes, it will be very tough. Bush has given him a country that is failing on almost every front. If he can succeed on even a handful, he'll still be outstanding.

    Thanks for the compliment on the theme – I certainly did *not* do it on my own. As I detailed here, a wonderful designer called MayG designed this theme for me. I would have liked an “I love Chennai” too, but there wasn't enough space and since I live in NY, it takes precedence for now.

  • Yay yay yay!! Finally, I can be proud of my President.

  • August

    Though sad that it took this long and that we had to go so low, the majority of Americans finally stood up and said the last eight years is not who we are.

    Obama is a risk we need to take, the only one of the viable contenders through the entire primary process on either side with a chance of bringing real improvement to Washington. Hope indeed.

    This was a good day for America, and the world.

  • August

    Though sad that it took this long and that we had to go so low, the majority of Americans finally stood up and said the last eight years is not who we are.

    Obama is a risk we need to take, the only one of the viable contenders through the entire primary process on either side with a chance of bringing real improvement to Washington. Hope indeed.

    This was a good day for America, and the world.