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That word will always be synonymous for me with Barack Obama from here on in.

This isn’t a blog about politics, but I can’t let this go without comment. Not after this day. I listened to his speech while away and nearly cried. I could quote the entire thing but you can read it all here, or here, or here.

“…tonight is your answer…because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference…It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled…”

Barack Obama, November 5th, 2008, Chicago.

That he spoke of so many different groups, that he acknowledged those groups. That he spoke of unifying and respecting difference. That someone who is seen as of a different group was elected. That so many people turned out and used their vote. That so many people campaigned, were involved in the campaign, that they wanted change and tried to bring it about. People stopped talking and started working. Admittedly I’m glad that what they wanted, what they worked for, was the Democrat campaign but still – the whole thing was so impressive. All these things moved me. It gives me hope. It inspires me. As someone who works trying to change things, to see this happening, is incredible.

I don’t think this election will fix everything, but simply just to see the process of it, just the actual election itself, the victory, in itself is something very special.

Change is possible. People spoke for what they wanted. Change. It’s happening.

“And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.”