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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We have made history

What a night. What an epic moment in our nation's story.

Two hundred and thirty two years after the United States of America declared independence from Great Britain - and just over a hundred and forty years after the end of the Civil War - we the people of this great nation have done something that many thought unthinkable.

We have elected our first black president.

Last night, in city after city, jubilant street parties broke out to celebrate the end of the Bush error and the dawning of a new, brighter chapter in American history. Revelers jammed the streets outside of Pike Place Market and on Capitol Hill, carrying Obama signs, cheering, and happily greeting each other.

On Pennsylvania Avenue, outside the White House, a crowd gathered to commemorate the occasion and look at the future home of the 44th President of the United States.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden swept to a remarkable victory last night by masterfully carrying out Howard Dean's fifty state strategy, competing and winning in places that have recently favored Republicans. Obama successfully defended each and every one of the 2004 blue states while adding Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia, Florida, and Iowa to the Democratic column.

They showed up everywhere and organized, taking the fight against the Republicans to a new level. And they won a huge victory.

Last night was an unbelievably euphoric evening for all of us at the Northwest Progressive Institute. I'll never forget feeling that incredible joy and pride as I witnessed the end of this historic election. I and every other person on our team have waited so long for this.

My career as an activist began two years into the Bush administration. The Northwest Progressive Institute was launched three and a half years after the Supreme Court installed George Dubya Bush into the White House. This organization has been fighting for five plus years now to restore the American promise under the shadow of one of the worst presidents in American history.

Last night, for the first time, we felt that shadow truly lift. Not just retreat, but lift. The cover of darkness may have been pierced two years ago with the retaking of Congress, but now the sun is shining bright. It's morning in America. The Bush nightmare is over at last.

Let the light be free!


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