barack-obama-111 P.M., as I watched CNN’s election coverage, broadcaster Wolf Blitzer was coming up with the latest CNN projection which was to be a historic announcement: that Barack Obama is projected to be elected the next president of the United States.  Senator John McCain gave one of the best speeches, ever—conceding defeat. He was gracious, eloquent and respectful of the fact that Senator Barack H. Obama Jr. WILL be his president come January 20th, 2009. President-elect Obama in his victory speech, of course was dramatic and inspiring as usual.  I feel elated that in my relative youth (I’m 38)  that I have seen this event.  This is not only an end of an era but a beginning of a chapter of a new era which I am so happy that it is going to be written and that chapter needs to be written as soon as possible. This is a victory for  those who are of later half of the baby boomer era, Generation X and Generation Y. It is a victory for multiracial America—people of African American descent (and I am proud to join them and say  and shout out loud,”WE HAVE OVERCOME!”), Latino-Americans (who will be ONE third of the American population in 2050!), Asian-Americans, South Asian Americans, Native Americans and other visible minorities that I might not have mentioned—their time has truly come. They have proven that they are REAL Americans just as anybody else—even Joe the Plumber. They have demonstrated that they too have a voice and they too have influence.  My sincere prayers go out to President-elect Obama and his family, Vice-President-elect Biden and prayers for protection and safety go out to both of them. They have a lot on their plate come January. God bless the United States of America.

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