One of our fine upstanding area citizens reacts to the President-Elect.
Closer to home -- which is to say, the office -- it was not a happy morning for my coworkers, grousing about "black people voting for Obama just because he's black...that's no reason to vote for someone!"; of course, when Sarah Palin joined the McCain ticket, these same people were waxing ecstatic about "a real small-town working mom just like us" in the race for high office.
On the other hand...another co-worker, whose high-school-aged daughter has been working hard for the local Democratic Party office this fall, and who knows my own political sympathies, greeted me this morning with a bear hug.
"My grandfather was a Southern racist," she said, her eyes welling with tears. "Once my grandfather hit my grandmother after she stepped off the sidewalk to make room for a black man to pass. And now -- now I've lived to see the day when a black man could be elected President in this country. Thank God!"