74 days, 19 hours, 10 mins

(REUTERS/Jim Young)

Seventy-four days until a new President, our first non-white President, is sworn in. A President for whom I voted*, for whom I am proud I voted. I am under no delusions that as soon as he repeats the words “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” that the sky will open up and the angels will sing on high. There is still a long road ahead, we’re still tangled up in two wars, still in what could end up being an economic catastrophe , etc etc.

But I have hope.

*Which will be a first. Not the voting part, but the winning part.

© Callie Shell / Aurora for Time.

© Callie Shell / Aurora for Time

© Callie Shell / Aurora for Time

© Callie Shell / Aurora for Time

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)


One comment

  • November 9, 2008 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Those are such fantastic photos, arent they?

    This is the first time in 8 years that I have felt HOPE. The fact that he is not an idiot (he is SOOO far from it) is enough for me at this point. But I hope (there’s that word again) he is the greatest leader this country has ever known. For many reasons. But I think mostly so everyone can see that rich and old and white, does not a president make. Truly…TRULY…anyone can grow up to become president.

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