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Yes, we can

Posted by Richard on November 5, 2008

They're on a roll at The Corner. Is this a great country, or what? Mike Potemra at the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem:

The scene was Congressman Charlie Rangel's block party celebrating the election of Barack Obama. People of all races and ages were there on this mild Manhattan evening, and they were in a festive mood even before the big news was announced. American flags abounded; a platform preacher repeated "God bless America, God bless America."

Why was I, a John McCain voter, there? A bit of personal history. I was born in 1964, and on the day I was born the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Prince Edward County in Virginia had to reopen its public schools. The county had closed the schools because they decided it was better to have no public schools at all than to have to admit black kids into them. Here we are, just 44 years later, with an African-American president, a president elected with the electoral votes of that very same Commonwealth of Virginia.

I voted for John McCain because I admire him immensely as a person, and agree with him on many more issues than I do with Senator Obama. And I ask a rhetorical question: Can we McCain voters, without embarrassment, shed a tear of patriotic joy about the historic significance of what just happened? And I offer a short, rhetorical answer.

Yes, we can.

Amen. It's significant and it's special and it's rather moving. At least for those of us who've been around for, say, fifty-odd years and are thrilled by how things have changed. 

(But I still wish the first African-American president were Condi Rice. That would have been a twofer!)

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One Response to “Yes, we can”

  1. Jan said

    I’m not moved. It is a sad day for America. It disgusts me how this country is going down a Socialist path with a high level of mass hysteria. It has nver mattered to me the race or sex of the president. Ideas and values matter and we have a hard road ahead.

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