"...And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.
That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow..."
Obama's message sent shivers down my spine. Never in my lifetime have I been so hopeful that our nation's direction can change. For the bulk of my socially-conscious life, the world has hated the US. We've been called bullies (Kyoto Pact), tyrants (Iran), uncaring (Darfur), & selfish (Iraq) among other things.
Now however, the world looks at us differently. A Muslim-turned-Christian African American President... nothing shows America's willingness to change, to adapt, to grow, than this.
Time magazine recently ran "The World's View of Obama's Win." In this article, the leaders of nations such as France, South Africa, England, and Malaysia (to name a few) give their endorsements to Obama, and go on to reveal that each hoped Obama would win. Assuming the world's nations feel similarly to their leaders, America is on it's way to saving its name.