MPHS Open Book: Thoughts on Election ’08
Election Day. Newsrooms are buzzing and reporters are everywhere, searching for that feature story. The citizens of the United States of America are restless. They are done with their current president. They want him out. They want change. And today is the day they’re going to get it.
The United States is in a state of frantic excitement; everyone is rushing to the voting poles, eager to make their vote count. The rest of the world is watching, waiting for the big news.
Will America get another George Bush? Or will they finally bring in someone new, someone different who will better the future of the young citizens across the country? The World is Waiting. Its getting closer to that final moment, that moment that will change America forever, regardless of the outcome. The newsrooms are a flurry of excitement, eager to get the story out first. Voting stations across the country are finalizing their counts.
The world holds their breath. At 9:30 p.m., the newsrooms across the nation reach the peak of activity for the day. It’s out. Barack Obama has won the Presidency of the United States of America. Throughout the world, people are happy, excited, angry, sad, joyful, and disappointed. Some are even crying tears of joy, or tears of sadness. For the first time in the history of the United States, a Black man has become president. It’s a historic day for America.
Barack Obama gives his victory speech. He praises John McCain, and his fans listen quietly to their new President-Elect. John McCain gives his speech, and he also praises Obama. His fans boo at the name; their anger at the outcome of the election is shown through their rude remarks.
But no one can ruin this joyful day for America. Obama will be inaugurated in January. Many people are expecting change the first day Obama is in office. But I ask all of you to be patient, for change does not happen overnight. It takes time.
I have a message for Barack Obama: Take your time. Do this right. America will wait.
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