The Election's Finest Hour (11/6/08)
Chances are, you were either disappointed or elated as you watched the Presidential election returns come in Tuesday night. But no matter who you backed, I believe both candidates achieved the finest moments of their respective campaigns just minutes after the winner had been declared.
In conceding defeat, Mr. McCain gave one of the most graceful statements possible. His good wishes and pledge to work with President-elect Obama for the common good were clearly sincere. And his refusal to tolerate the abusive catcalls from a small minority in his audience spoke volumes.
And in his victory speech, Mr. Obama was not only eloquent, but equally gracious toward his opponent. When he said of Mr. McCain, "He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader," he demonstrated a great deal of grace and elegance.
I believe that regardless of political labels, all most Americans really want is whatever's best for the country we love. And Tuesday evening, we were treated to a heartening picture of mutual respect and honorable behavior that should be remembered long after we've forgotten all the mudslinging commercials.
So whether your guy won or not, at least the process was civilized. And we all had a voice in it. And that counts for a lot.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.