Commentary: A change in direction

This editorial appeared in The Miami Herald.

Election Day began in the predawn darkness with long lines at polling sites all across America. Lines were overflowing with voters on a mission to change the past and write a new chapter in American history. It ended near midnight with an impressive majority of voters saying Yes to Sen. Barack Obama's promise of hope and change, making him the first African-American elected president in U.S. history.

Had he won, Sen. John McCain would have been perfectly capable of delivering change from the eight-year tenure of President Bush that was steeped in hubris and arrogance. But this day, Nov. 4, 2008, belonged to Sen. Obama. Here was a candidate who embodied change in the simple fact of who he is - the son of a white mother and African father - and who dared to promise to get the country back on track with its democratic ideals.

Of all the candidates who sought to replace President Bush in the oval office, Sen. Obama's résumé was the thinnest.

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