Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Proud to be an American

Well, the election is over. No lawsuits. No recounts. Around 11 am this morning, John Kerry called the President to concede the election. Then Kerry addressed the nation at 2 pm. It was a gracious speech. A speech that made me proud to be an American.

Prior to this election, both parties had gathered teams of lawyers all throughout the Midwest and Florida. Pundits warned about the possibility of protracted lawsuits challenging votes and judges deciding the election.

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, it became clear to most of the nation that George W. Bush had won the state of Ohio and therefore the election. Still, the networks were hesitant to call the election. And when morning dawned and America went back to work, John Kerry had still not conceded the election. Apparently, Kerry's staffers were urging the Senator to mobilize the legal teams and go to battle in the court rooms of Ohio.

But, John Kerry stood up and admitted defeat like a man. For the good of the country, Senator John F. Kerry accepted defeat and urged the nation to come back together. For this, the nation owes the Senator a debt of gratitude.