What a way to kick off a new blog. Today is Nov. 6th, my brother’s b-day (Happy Birthday Mikie!). It is also just 2 days after November 4, 2008 when a country in peril ushered in the new President-Elect Barack Obama. A man of hope, inspiration, change, and destiny. What a sight to see the tens of thousands of people gathered at Chicago’s Grant Park as the nation and world wept in tears of joy and rejoiced on that new day. It was better than Christmas and New Year’s Eve combined as I witnessed the genuine outpour of happiness, love, and excitement. You can only think, this talented man must be something special to inspire and unite people of all colors and backgrounds worldwide and move them to such emotion.
Early that election day, uncertain of how long the lines would be, I woke up at 7am on a cold and rainy morning. With an umbrella at hand, JD and I walked across the street to the school to vote, understanding how important this election was. I’ll remember later that evening tearfully jumping up and down like a child on our living room couch as the newscaster announced Obama had won and would be the new president of the United States of America. Truly it was a historic day and a question that will be asked for years to come – “Where were you that evening of November 4th?”