It almost didn't sound like a victory speech. President-Elect Obama took the stage and addressed not just his supporters, but the citizens of this great country.
Young Americans came out in surprising numbers to support Obama, showing concern for the future of a country which an increasing majority of Americans describe as "moving in the wrong direction."
Technically, Obama is the president-elect. But he is going to have to act like a president starting immediately. If you're an American, he's your president now. He'll immediately be making important decisions for our future. In this complicated time, there is no waiting. The hand-off will have to be smooth.
Apart from the foreign and domestic challenges, Obama inherits a divided country. Can he increase his support and reach out to those who did not vote for him? We just elected a black man with the middle name "Hussein," a man who was criticized for being associated with America's most hated type of enemy, and accused of harboring ideologies that are completely distasteful to the average American. But he was still elected, and especially enjoyed a surge within the population of college educated whites, who usually break much more to the Republicans. I think he has a basis from which to grow more broad support. And after seeing his campaign, I am convinced he will do it.