Originally posted Nov. 6, 2012, at Ben Unseth’s Red-Letter Ideas.Republished with permission of the author.
“Whoever wins, that’s my president. I need to pray for him and wish him well.” That’s what I heard early this morning.
At the moment — in the middle of ballot counting on election night — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have each earned 163 electoral votes.
Four years ago Amanda Jones, 109 years old and the daughter of a slave, voted for what her father could not have believed — an African-American president of these United States of America.
What a moment — America will either re-elect the first African-American as president or elect its first Mormon president. Each of these men is the son of a foreign-born father.
Tomorrow — or one day soon — we will know who will be president for the next four years. Half of us will be excited. Half of us will be very disappointed.
The best response I have heard was on National Public Radio this morning from an 18-year-old young man in Ohio. This African-American was voting for the first time and was accompanied by his grandmother. In his words, “Whoever wins, that’s my president. I need to pray for him and wish him well.”
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