November 4, 2008 will go down as a historic day. There are now countless news articles, stories and blogs about America’s 44th President, Barack Obama. Though I’m not aligned with most of the policies and principles behind the coming “change,” I am nonetheless proud to be an American.  Some of the reasons I am proud (in no particular order) include:


1)       Historic barriers broken. Americans were not afraid to elect their first African-American President and were also willing to seriously consider a female VP candidate on a major party ticket. America truly is the land where anyone can do anything. That’s Awesome!

2)       Cooperation. Talk is cheap, I know, but the rhetoric out of the Obama camp is a willingness to cooperate, consider alternative positions and compromise on divisive issues.  The level of “cooperation” will be set well before our President takes office on January 20th , with the Cabinet selection.  The worst thing that could happen is for the House, Senate and White House to push an aggressive far-left agenda.

3)       Incredible voter turnout. Initial reports indicate that over 60% of registered voters actually voted. While not 100%, it is great to be in a country where we are free to select our leaders and the majority actually took the time to do so. If the average American would stay involved 365 days per year, not just during the campaign season, our country would be stronger than ever.

4)       America is STILL the Greatest Country on Earth. In the words of John McCain, “Whatever our differences, we are all Americans.” With the conclusion of the campaigns, the one thing we all continue have in common is being American. Black, White, Hispanic, Republican, Democrat, Independent or Other, being an American is a great title to hold!

5)       We can still make it better. Every candidate that ran in the elections across this great land yesterday ran because they desired to make America better. While they may disagree on HOW to do this, there is always room for continued improvement.


President-elect Obama delivered a very persuasive acceptance speech last night. I will remain committed to pray for the United States of America and its leaders, while continuing to thank God for the privilege of living in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.


Striving for the Best! -mwr