Wednesday, November 05, 2008

American pride

Anyone kvetching about how 63 million people screwed up by voting for Obama should take a moment and realize what this election means to the world, both symbolically and for purposes of realpolitik.

The American Dream does not belong solely to Americans. It belongs to hundreds of millions of people around the world who dare hope for a brighter future. Tuesday’s election did much to restore the world’s faith in the meaning of that dream.

"No matter how they cast their ballots, all America can be proud of the history that was made yesterday," President Bush said today in the Rose Garden.

I believe Bush meant what he said. He is not an evil man. Neither is Barack Obama. He needs to be given a chance. If you don’t like the job he does over the next four years, vote him out of office. But for now, he deserves at least a measure of begrudging respect and the benefit of the doubt.

The world needs a strong, capable leader. I think we've found one.


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