I'd been holding my breath. For a long time. A very long time. Last night I was finally able to exhale, and I can't tell you how good that first breath of fresh air felt.
Watching the election results with our rag tag Obama posse at a friend's house was tense at times. We flipped from CNN to NBC to Comedy Central, trying to get truly fair and balanced coverage.
Sometimes we gathered around the computer, getting results county by county.
Other times we concentrated on more important things, like taking turns cuddling newborn babies. Mostly, we were on the edge of our seats.
And then, at 8:58 PM (PST) it happened. CNN projected that Barack Hussein Obama would be elected the 44th President of the United States of America. The first African American President of the United States of America.
A few minutes later, our good old friend John McCain made a very nice concession speech, praising Obama and his people.
We broke out the Obama cake
We toasted our good fortune and bright future
And then we danced outside in the rain.
Inhale. Exhale. Ahhhh.