President Barack Obama

Last night I watched as first my state, and then my country elected a person of color to the  office of President. Future generations will sing of the decisions that we made on this historic day, and I am proud to be an American this morning, to live in a land where everyone has a voice.

Sitting at a party given by a  man I am now proud to know as my friend – Commissioner Ray Judah – who was celebrating his own victory of winning the office of Lee County Commissioner for the 6th straight time, I watched as news footage rolled in from around the country. As the states turned blue, people on TV cried and sang. As my own state finally turned blue – making this the first time since the Dixiecrats that Florida has gone to a Democrat – my jaw dropped and I began to feel as if anything were possible. The old-timers, including my sweet Dad, will say that it is a sign that the damn Yankees have finally overrun Florida and it is time to go. That may be true, but Virginia and North Carolina went to Obama, too, showing that bigotry no longer has such a stranglehold on the Deep South.

John McCain, in the most eloquent concession speech I have ever witnessed, enouraged his followers to move forward and unite this country around our new president. I agree – if we are too accomplish anything, we must do it as a whole.

Congratulations to Ray Judah, to President-Elect Obama, and to my fellow citizens! Today, we write history.

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An Interview with Senator Nelson

“This senator is not going to allow Florida to be a sacrificial lamb . . . ” – Senator Bill Nelson

Friday morning, September 5, Senior Senator Bill Nelson gave an interview to  me as he was on his way to deliver a major address on energy and oil drilling to a sold-out crowd at The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches’ first luncheon of the season. The senator talked about the points he was going to make in his upcoming speech, including his ideas for solving the energy crisis and why he believes the Republicans are so bent on drilling as he was driving down to the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach. Emphasizing his commitment to keeping drilling off of our shores, the Senator gave a similar speech to Congress the following Tuesday.