We also count ourselves among those millions of Americans, of all races, who take pride in a man of African descent reaching these political heights. It is easy to be cynical about celebrating such an event in our age of diversity correctness. But America has suffered much pain over its racial divisions, and the nomination of a man of mixed racial heritage is undeniably a sign of our progress.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass would have viewed Mr. Obama's success as vindication both of their struggles and their faith in America's promise.
No, they would have seen it as a good first step.
But this was a pivotal moment in our nation's history. Whether you support his candidacy or not, this is a moment that symbolizes what this country means. That two outsiders, he and his wife, can come from the bottom of the social and economic system, and rise, through hard work and a firm set of personal values, to walk out onto a platform to possibly become the First Family of the free world.
I think it's remarkable. And even though I disagree with some of his policies, I like his approach to dealing with conflict. Find out what each side wants, and then work through to a third solution that give everyone their due.
This was a historic moment. And we lived to see it.