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Liam was sitting next to me on the couch as I watch Obama's victory speech. He was mostly paying attention to the Dora episode on the other computer, but occasionally he would hop over to look at my screen when the cheers got particularly loud.

"Is that the government?" he asks.

I tell him that this our new president. As Obama's speech concludes and the crowd waves their flags in unison, he asks me why they're doing that. Choking up, tears in my eyes, I tell them it's because they are all so very happy that he has won.

I feel, but don't say, the history of the moment. That maybe some day Liam will remember watching this particular victory speech, the milestone it marks, the barrier it crossed. But I don't say anything to him about it now, because I don't want him to know that this country might ever have thought that someone couldn't be "the government" because of the color of his skin.

I hope, I believe, that the Obama presidency will be notable for far more than his race. A friend said to me that he was afraid people were going to be deeply disappointed in Obama. "They're all expecting him to change the world," he said. But I think the power he has already shown to motivate and inspire the people, to move them and get them moving, means we don't have to wait for St. Obama to save the world. If we all get motivated and inspired, maybe we can do it ourselves.
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