Four years ago, the morning after the election, I went for a pre-dawn run with two of my best friends, and the election results dominated most of our running conversation. At one point I said, "I went to bed when I realized that not even Jon Stewart could make what was happening funny." They both agreed with my assessment.
Last night was so different.
I refused to believe the initial results until CNN officially called the election. I was watching Colbert and Stewart, and they relayed the results. I was amazed to see Colbert actually tear up and have to take his glasses off.
This morning I'm so proud of our country, and, for the first time in 8 years, I'm hopeful about our future. President-elect Obama has a tough road ahead of him, and the job won't be easy. But I have confidence that he will do his best to do what is right for our whole country, red and blue.
It is a beautiful day indeed.