The Way It Is
The title and red quote comes from one of my all-time favorite songs, The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby.
Journaling: That’s just the way it is; Some things will never change.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008. It was history in the making. We played our small part. We prayed. We voted. We waited. I camped out in front of the TV sorting laundry and ironing while waiting for the election results. Mike and Jaclyn walked through the front door, coming home from her soccer game, and sat down. Right after the polls in CA closed, it was announced that Barack Obama had enough electoral votes to win the presidency. Celebrations erupted all around the country. John McCain followed with a classy and gracious concession speech.
It was getting late for the girls but they pressed us to let them watch Barack Obama’s speech. We agreed. All eyes fixed on Grant Park in Chicago. I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgia for Chicago at that moment. I couldn’t help but feel the unity among all Americans at that moment. I couldn’t help but think that something special was happening here in our country.
Barack Obama appeared on the stage and spoke like a leader with intelligence, gentleness and humility yet firm and full of belief in the people of our beautiful country. The girls listened. My heart felt joy. Tears formed in Mike’s eyes.
“And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope. For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.”
Change has indeed come to America.
That’s just the way it is; But don’t you believe them.
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