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This is the John McCain that I once respected, and for whom in years past, I would have considered voting … well , except for the Sarah Palin comments in the middle of the speech. If this had been the John McCain that had been campaigning for the past several months, I feel the election would have much, much closer.

Welcome back, John.

And for those who missed President-elect Barack Obama’s victory speech last night, as I did:

Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I never thought an African American would ever be elected to the highest office in the land. And yet, over the past year, I have been amazed at how much it appears that Americans are becoming more color-blind … and it was my honor and privilege to vote for Barack Obama.

Living in Utah, I was on the losing side in the state … our 5 Electoral College votes are going to John McCain; but the Democratic Party has made some inroads in Utah. In 2004, nearly 75% of Utahns voted to re-elect George Bush. In 2008, 62% of Utahns voted for John McCain, and 34% voted, not only for a Democrat, but an African American Democrat. Democrats changed the balance of power of the Salt Lake County Council. A Democrat unseated the sitting Republican Speaker of the House in the State Legislature.

A shift is coming, and one can only hope and pray that it is, and continues to be, for the better.

Now that the election is over, I have to figure out what I’m going to do to occupy my geek time and come up with new blog topics.

Maybe I’ll start writing about cycling and skiing again … wouldn’t that be an interesting twist?

1 Comment on "Speeches"

  1. You know, I was thinking the same thing during his concession speech…Where the hell has *THAT* guy been the last 12 months? I could have voted for *THAT* guy…
    He was genuine and you could feel his sincerity.
    Obviously he had some terrible campaign management and the final blow was Palin.
    If he had been the authentic McCain from day one I think we would have seen an entirely different election.
    Nonetheless, either way I’m hopeful we’re in for brighter days.

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