Today is a new day.
Last night Barack Obama became the president elect.
I don't know if I can properly convey to you what this means to me.
Never have I been so invested in a political race.
Having you has made what happens in this country so important to me. As your mother it is my duty to fight for your rights.
I have tried very hard to educate myself. I have done a ton of reading. I hope you will learn from me, that knowledge equals power.
For the last eight years we have had a president who is an embarrassment. He has made terrible decisions and refuses to hold himself accountable. He has disregarded science. He has made choices based on who his friends are. He has let his personal beliefs interfere with government policies.
I'm sorry that he was the president when you were born.
When I was pregnant with you your father and I met Barack Obama. He was friendly and personable, and we had a lovely chat with him. I asked him to run for president so that we would have someone we would feel good voting for.
Even the rest of the world wants Obama to be President of the United States. Polls show that as many as 90% of the people in the rest of the world wanted him to win the election.
Barack Obama is an amazing man. He is intelligent. He unites people. He surrounds himself with good, smart people. He inspires people.
He is not perfect. He will make mistakes. We will not agree with all of his decisions. But, from what I've seen of him, I believe he will admit his mistakes, he will make decisions with the country's best interest at heart, and he will be calm and decisive.
He is exactly what this country needs.
For the past eight years I have not been proud to be an American. In fact, I have been embarrassed.
But, now things will be different.
I really, truly believe that Obama will lead this country in a new direction.
Last night history was made. Barack Obama became the first African-American president elect. Now, you might not understand the importance of that, because you are being raised in a household where people are not judged based on their skin color, but it is a major accomplishment for this country. I wish that it wasn't even an issue, but it is. However, Obama becoming president elect shows that this country is changing for the better. We are moving forward.
He was the right man for the job regardless of his skin color, but the fact that he's African-American is the cherry on top.
I only wish your grand father, and your great grandmother Winnie, who you were named after, were alive to see this. They would have been so happy. They always fought prejudice.
More people than ever voted. Please know that if the people lead, eventually the leaders will follow. We really can make a difference. I believe that now. Never stop fighting for what you beleive in. Never give up the fight. Amazing things can happen.
Today, when I woke up, the world felt different. I am filled with hope- which is a pretty amazing thing considering what a cynic I can be.
I see the light at the end of this long, dark, eight year tunnel.
I cry tears of joy when I think that you will grow up with this amazing man as president.
I am excited for your future.