I write this a few moments after watching President-Elect Barack Obama's first news conference. Folks, we have a very special man here. As he did all through his campaign for president, he was on-target, comfortable, intelligent, and the man exudes a presidential aura. As I reflect back over the last 60 years, I realize how limited, and in some cases inept, have been our presidents. The possible exception was John F. Kennedy. There was great hope with JFK, let us hope that nothing that terrible befalls our current president-elect.
Yes, we all know there are kooks on the right and on the left. But the dangers surrounding the first elected African American president are tremendous. And make no mistake about it, there are people in important roles in our society, people from the extreme right-wing, for example, who absolutely cannot accept such a president.
Barack Obama is a very exceptional man. We are on the dawn of a marvelous era in America. But first we must get over and out of the immense hole that has been dug in America, beginning back in 1981 and festering to the present day. This includes economic, racial, international, military, and local matters, and we have lost our way as a people. Our values have been distorted by a greed and bigotry that has pervaded our society.
I apologize if I have over-stated my concern. What is important now is that we "bind up the nation's wounds," and pull together. We have an incoming president that has untold potential for good. Let us join hands in allowing him to do as much for all of us and our nation that his amazing talents offers us. The rest of the world knows what America is now capable of with this man. Let us be a part of the hopes offered, and not expect too much too soon. Thank God, America has made the right decision. I am proud to be an American.