I have been getting a lot questions about what I think of Senator Obama's election to the Presidency. Rather than answer the question directly, I'll tell you a story of what I did as the election results unfolded. Since we're deployed to AFG, everyone was focused on the one television we have in the CP. As it became apparent very early on that it would be Obama's night we found ourselves watching McCain's gracious speech and the crowd around the TV grew.
In between his concession speech and Obama's acceptance speech, I pulled my team together for our mission brief, then we moved back in order to see the throngs in Chicago to watch Obama announce his victory. Just after his well paraphrased line of "200 years later, Government of the people, by the people and fore the people has not perished from the Earth" I had to move to the aircraft in order to execute an Air Assault into a little village named Barge Metal. So, as the nation began perhaps its most significant transition of power in a generation, I went about my job as if nothing had happened. That's what's most American about this whole thing.
No matter what my political views are, I am excited about this election. I'm excited to see the country excited. What a great thrill it was to see hundreds of thousands gather to watch Obama in Chicago. I have not seen that in my life time! My greatest hope is that Obama will be able to leverage the involvement and excitement of my age group and those even younger into real action. I have always held that I'd rather have my candidate loose an election in which 90% of voters turned out than to win in one where 30% voted. I think Senator Obama's election is good for our country. It is good for democracy.
As far as my job goes, though, my oath is to the Constitution. That hasn't changed!