Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Welcome to the White House

"Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., pauses as he addresses more than 10,000 cheering supporters during a campaign rally at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Md., Monday, Feb. 11, 2008."

It's finally over. At 11:03 p.m., our right and privilege to vote has come to and end and we now have a new man in office - President Barack Obama.

While I like my other Obama images from his appearance in Baltimore back in February much better, I figured I put tighter image up of our new president of the United States.

I had a blast covering his rally at the 1st Mariner Arena earlier this year and while the elections are now over, it's going to feel odd not having the race to the White House in the news.

For the past two years, and more prominently since January, it has seemed to fill the news each and everyday. Whether it was positive, negative or back and forth propaganda. It was always there.

My cell phone was always buzzing and ringing with calls from supporters, my e-mail was always littered with sophisticated letters and links trying to sway me one way or another and friend's couldn't stop talking about their personal views and the entrainment of it all.

With Maryland a new hot bed for voting for some reason, elections drew heavy turnouts, and long lines of voters were being reported all over Tuesday morning. I even read one article that stated voters waited up to four hours. Wow.

Luckily for me, I made my vote in Maryland in record time - two minutes in and out.

I probably could have made my voting quicker, yet I kept looking and couldn't find my favorite president of all time. That's right, David Palmer, the fictional President of the United States from "24" was not on ballot.

I am sure (the evil) Charles Logan had something to do with that. Or the fact that he really is from a television program. Ha.

Anyways, it's been a long road to the White House and we finally have a new president. To a certain extent I am happy it's over with, but the other of me will miss it all.

From the Sarah Palin jokes, to the back-and-forth red-blue banter and everything else in between.

God bless the United States. This has been a historic day and a historic two years in the making as we now have the first black president of the United States.


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