For the first time in what is it, 8 years? People are happy. No, its not just happiness, its jubilation, a sense of renewal, a sense of purpose, a sense of commitment to something greater than themselves. We went to dinner tonite... sat at the bar... folks to left and the right (physically, not politically) were talking about.... Barack..."did you see Barack at the shelter today? yeah, he rolled up his sleeves and painted a shelter..." or "what an amazing transition of power this will be... I wish I was in Washington."
And even tho we're facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, people are renewed, America feels like its holding its head just a little higher since November 4... folks are feeling pretty good. And this is despite the fact that when President Bush entered office, the unemployment rate was 4 and change.. now its 7 and change. The multi-trillion dollar surplus that the Clinton administration created evaporated under the weight of Tax cuts. Its clear we're facing a challenge.. a challenge to rebuild. A challenge to retain our dignity and respect. To be able to look our loved ones in the eye and be proud of the honest efforts we have made.
Its time to be happy (and proud) again.