Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment that submitted by Lisa in response to “Tears, Joy, Relief, Release,” by Charley James. Here’s Lisa’s comment:
To my American friends:
Last night the vision of two men, two families, two colors in Grant Park, struck me deeply for the first time. But as I witnessed the enormity of what you had achieved, I realized that breaking an obvious barrier was not what I was witnessing at all. That historical moment was so much more, so much bigger, than black or white, young or old, rich or poor, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat.
I believe President-elect Obama’s campaign succeeded not only because America was ready for a change from what was broken in the White House. I believe Barak Obama won the Democratic nomination and ultimately achieved such a decisive, inclusive national victory last night because of what was broken in the hearts of the American people.
It was Einstein who said you can’t solve a problem with the level of thinking at which it was created. Obama’s steadfast commitment to focusing on the vision of what can be, to address the differences of opinion for what they are, to rising and staying above the noise and negative fray –raised the tide and tone to one worthy of the campaign, the office of the President, and the people of the nation he serves.
I know in my heart that this is what all of you, the American people have sought, what you deserve, what you voted for and ultimately, what you have achieved. This was not a victory of a party or a color, nor an indictment of the alternative result. The true enormity of what you have achieved is a the moment in history where a man has been judged on the content of his character.
I believe, as a fan for many years of the man who is also Senator John McCain, that last night he spoke fully from his heart, perhaps for the first time since the primaries. By expressing to his supporters his deep admiration for Obama, pledging to do all in his power to help, and urging that they give to him their goodwill and support, he rose on that same tide.
So as your neighbor and friend, whatever your views, whatever mine, I wish you well in the difficult days and months ahead. I pray that President-elect Obama will earn and deserve your support. I extend to you my gratitude for electing a man who has an ability to bring to the entire world the deeper, more mature, more thoughtful example of leadership and character people everywhere desire from our leaders. And I extend to you both my heartfelt congratulations, and my continued respect.