Barack Obama


I was there when history was made.  

I was there when the voice of the people rose to change history.

I was there when this country made an amazing step forward.

I was there with 150,000 friends.

I was there with those who were beaten and battered.

I was there with those who struggled to get to this day.

I was there when a man of the the people became the leader for the people.

I was there when he called for us to sacrifice.

I was there when he promised a long road ahead.

I was there.

And now…

I Am Here.  

Yes We Can!


The insipraton for the above.  From Pres. Elect Obama’s acceptance speech.

The road ahead will be long.  Our climb will be steep.  We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.  I promise you – we as a people will get there.  

There will be setbacks and false starts.  There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem.  But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face.  I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.  And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.  


If you look near the top left of the picture you can see a crane camera–we were a bit to the left of that.

Barack Obama

History, The Sea Dog, The Big Dog and The Bull Dog

Yesterday history was made. The Democrats nominated, for the first time in our history, an African-American candidate for president of the United States.

Sen. John Kerry gave a speech that would have won him the election 4 years ago. From his Speech:

To those who still believe in the myth of a maverick instead of the reality of a politician: I say, let’s compare Senator McCain to candidate McCain.

Candidate McCain now supports the wartime tax cuts that Senator McCain once called irresponsible.

Candidate McCain criticizes Senator McCain’s own climate change bill.

Candidate McCain says he would now vote against the immigration bill that Senator McCain wrote.

Are you kidding? Talk about being for it before you’re against it!

John McCain stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier just three months after 9/11 and proclaimed: “Next up, Baghdad !”

Barack Obama had the judgment to see “an occupation of undetermined length, undetermined cost, and undetermined consequences” that would “only fan the flames of the Middle East .”

Well, guess what? Mission Accomplished!

So who can we trust to keep America safe?

When Barack Obama promised to honor the best traditions of both parties and talk to our enemies John McCain scoffed. George Bush called it: “The false comfort of appeasement.” But today, Bush’s diplomats are doing exactly what Obama said: talking with Iran .

So who can we trust to keep America safe?

When democracy rolled out of Russia and the tanks rolled into Georgia , we saw John McCain respond immediately with the outdated thinking of the cold war. Barack Obama responded like a true friend of Georgia and a statesman of the 21st Century.

So who can we trust to keep America safe?

When Democrats called for a timetable to make Iraqis stand up for Iraq and bring our heroes home, John McCain called it “Cut and Run.” But today, even President Bush has seen the light: He and Prime Minister Maliki agree on – guess what? – a timetable!

So who can we trust to keep America safe?

Next up was the Big Dog himself. Pres. Bill Clinton:

Finally…The Bull Dog! Soon to be Vice-President Joe Biden! Straight shooting and honest!

Barack Obama


Last night history was made.  Sen. Barack Obama became the first African-American to become an official candidate for President.  All I can say is to quote from his speech last night.

In our country, I have found that this cooperation happens not because we agree on everything, but because behind all the labels and false divisions and categories that define us; beyond all the petty bickering and point-scoring in Washington, Americans are a decent, generous, compassionate people, united by common challenges and common hopes. And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again.

So it was for that band of patriots who declared in a Philadelphia hall the formation of a more perfect union; and for all those who gave on the fields of Gettysburg and Antietam their last full measure of devotion to save that same union.

So it was for the Greatest Generation that conquered fear itself, and liberated a continent from tyranny, and made this country home to untold opportunity and prosperity.

So it was for the workers who stood out on the picket lines; the women who shattered glass ceilings; the children who braved a Selma bridge for freedom’s cause.

So it has been for every generation that faced down the greatest challenges and the most improbable odds to leave their children a world that’s better, and kinder, and more just.

And so it must be for us.

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

Yes. We. Can.

AP photo by Jae C. Hong / April 30, 2008

AP photo by Jae C. Hong / April 30, 2008