November 5th, 2008
01:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Cafferty: Meaning of first African-American Pres.?

The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama and his family last night at Grant Park in Chicago.
The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama and his family last night at Grant Park in Chicago.

There was perhaps no more profound way to slam the door on eight years of the Bush administration than to elect the first African-American to replace him. The symbolism is powerful; the history is breathtaking. We changed a lot more than our political orientation last night. The country finally grew up.

Something stirred us in a profound way. The disillusionment and disappointment of failed polices everywhere you look were the catalysts. Barack Obama was the spark. Watching him in Grant Park last night, it occurred to me that just like Hemingway was born to write and Tiger Woods to hit a golf ball, this man, Obama, was born to do this, to lead.

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