Oh my heavens. What a night. The most exciting election of my lifetime. At 1:00 am we threw open the window to hear people on the street below yelling and rejoicing. I've never seen anything like it.
As you know we have been supporting Obama. On Monday TD went to Pennsylvania to canvas door to door. I have been so hopeful for this change. Obama ran such a classy and brilliant campaign; it feels like a new country already. Tears last night as the family of four took the winning stage. How could you not choke up? They are so young and exciting and dazzling. It's a beautiful thing. I picture him having a fantastically successful eight-year run.
On CNN this morning they had Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. In the Sixties Lewis had a prominent role in the Selma to Montgomery freedom marches to desegregate the South, and was brutally beaten to within an inch of his life. Now he can see Obama elected to the presidency. More tears. It is a miracle, and it is the genius of our American democracy. I am so proud of my country, and I have felt the opposite way for a long time. There is an exhilarating sense of relief that the dark Bush years are over.
This is one of my favorite clips and I post it today as a tribute to Obama. It's two songs by Stephen Sondheim, 'Our Time' sung by the Boys Choir of Harlem and 'Children Will Listen' sung by Betty Buckley. Ted and I once met with Betty Buckley's lawyer when we were trying to get a children's book published which Ted illustrated and I wrote, but that's another story.
"It's our time coming through."
Watch the whole thing.