- Emotions - Obama's victory speech and the sight of 200,000-plus people cheering and weeping in Grant Park really moved me in a way I haven't been moved since I saw Denzel Washington speak upon winning his first Best Actor Oscar, since I saw my dad preach his first sermon, and since I saw my dad accept his medal for earning U.S. Navy Sailor of the Year back in the day. And for you bitter folks who consider this your "A-ha!" moment, 'cause you see a pattern, save your breath. I'm not talking politics, policy, or partisanship here. I'm talking history and the fact that this election will go down as a classic "Only in America" moment.
- Technology - They started off kind of goofy, but by the end of the night I was diggin' CNN's holograms. Sure, they were a little "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobe; you're my only hope." But hey, if you don't try anything new, you don't make any progress.
- Speeches - I thought McCain's concession speech was gracious and at the end reflective of the reputation he's cemented over the years for building bridges across partisan lines. I wish he would've spent a little less time on the racial/historical significance of Obama's victory, considering Obama barely mentioned race in his speech. But I could be reading too much into it. Maybe McCain was simply as moved by the historical aspect of the moment, as a lot of other folks. Bottom line, it was a gracious speech, and if Obama is smart he'll accept that olive branch and start planning some non-partisan action with McCain ASAP. As for Obama's speech, it too was gracious and, I thought, completely void of gloating. I was dreading he'd give a feature film-length speech, sort of like Bill Clinton used to do. But he kept it reasonably short.
- Mythology - This one's directed mostly at my fellow journalists, particularly the ones, who like me have permanent tans. If you, like me, have received a bunch of snarky messages this morning from people telling you things to the effect of "Congrats, your guy won," here's how you respond: You explain that the "brother pass" - referred to crassly in some quarters as the ghetto pass - is about as real as the fleece that Jason's Argonauts sought or the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and a Barack Obama presidency will not be an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? If, for example, I under perform at work, I will not be able to tell my boss I want to call a friend, and get Obama on the other line to bail me out. If I break a law, I won't be able to tell the courts I want to use a lifeline and have Obama order them to give me a mulligan. In terms of basic function, life remains as it did yesterday: My pockets are still thin, the economy still sucks, there remain wars and rumors of wars, and no amount of textbook-altering history is going to change that. So don't get mad at me 'cause the black guy won, or else every time a white guy wins something - even Employee of the Week - I'm gonna start sending you flowers and candy.
- Conspiracy Theories - Counting down the minutes before some wingnut speculates on talk radio or the Web that Michelle Obama was wearing a black and red dress to reveal her affinity for Communist colors.
- One liners - Best of the night goes to Steven Colbert on Comedy Central, for congratulating the U.S. for electing it's first Hawaiian president.
- Questions - Who will take the biggest share of the blame for the outcome of the election: McCain himself, Sarah Palin, the Republican National Committee, or the mainstream media?
Seven post-election observations
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