What an amazing day for our country. I had some colleagues and friends over to watch the returns come in, and it was a moving experience.
I am very proud, very optimistic, and very hopeful. I know the road ahead will be difficult, but finally, it is a road that plausibly leads somewhere better than where we find ourselves now.
I thought McCain's concession speech was appropriate to the moment, and I hope he will be willing to work with President-elect Obama.
I also hope and trust that President-elect Obama will move to implement the policies on which he campaigned. Some details will need adjusting, but the tapestry he proposed is what he should hang on the wall.
I want to say one other thing. I came to support Barack Obama for President of the United States of America because he convinced me he is a true progressive, one with the right policy and political instincts. I didn't support him because he is black, or because it is time for a black President. Indeed, President-elect Obama is black, and it is long past time for a black person's run for the presidency to be considered serious regardless of his or her race. But President-elect Obama's race was always beside the point for me. A wonderful bonus, and now, a wonderful statement about Progress In America.
But I gravitated to Barack Obama because he was the best candidate. Period.
Congratulations, America: finally, you picked the right candidate.