A nation built with African slaves inaugurates an African-American President.
A nation driven by culture wars born out of the Vietnam era moves into hope for more pragmatic, if still partisan, politics.
A nation fallen into the darkness of torture, of "collateral damage" of hundreds of thousands of lives, of ends justifying any means returns to an age of striving for the highest of American ideals.
A nation seduced by the fantasies popularized by Ronald Reagan, that markets are God, that government is evil, that global warming is a myth, that liberalism is out to destroy America, a nation almost paralyzed with the shock of the revealed lie of those fantasies -- a long nightmare, really -- returns to a reality-based vision of the world.
A nation coming off of one of the more ugly racist federal elections puts a black man into office.
Barack Obama is a pragmatic progressive whose intellect brings us hope that his leadership can guide the cumbersome bureaucracy and conflicting interests and influences into actions that make sense, based on reason.
It was truly audacious two years ago to believe this could happen. It took a lot of hope and the hard work of millions, and the faith of many more. But here it has happened.
Barack Obama is about to become President.
The world is astonished. Today America returns to the light.