The outcome on November 4 is more than I could ever have hoped for. The
election of an African-American to the office of President is extraordinary in
and of itself. However, what is most remarkable of all is the appeal that this
singular human being has to those who thirst for something fine and noble in the
American character, especially the young, who will inherit our cumulative legacy.
Obama's underlying theme in his campaign (an almost flawless campaign that
exemplifies his extraordinary character and intelligence) has been a simple one:
there is much human suffering in this country and throughout the world that can be
addressed and alleviated, if we apply ourselves. We can do better, if we put
our mind and resources to it. Finally, we have a leader who is able to talk
directly to the minds and hearts of the people. This is no small thing.
It has been a long time since I felt pride in this country; the pivotal times I
can remember were the forced resignation of President Nixon,
the end of the Vietnam War as a direct result of citizen action
and the great strides made by the civil rights movement.
This is, in my judgment a transformational moment in the life of this country.