God Bless America

In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving, the Merciful, the Gracious, the Beautiful

I could not believe it. I had to make sure I was not dreaming. I had to make sure that it was not a mistake.

But, it was not. By the grace of the Beautiful, Merciful, All-Powerful God, Senator Barack Obama – my senator, my representative, my advocate – has been elected the 44th President of the United States of America.

His win was decisive: over 330 electoral votes will go to the Senator from Illinois. The country has spoken, including this physician, author, and blogger, and it has said to the nation and the world: “We want change.”

How beautiful is America, that it has elected an African American man, with all of its history of slavery, bigotry, and discrimination, to the highest office of the land. How beautiful is America that it elected a man with a strange first name, an Arabic middle name, and an equally strange last name. How beautiful is America, that it has overwhelmingly rejected the politics of hate, fear, and division.

How beautiful is America. How wonderful is America. How blessed is America. God has truly blessed America.

I could not be there in Grant Park in Chicago to actually witness history. But, I am still here in Chicago, witnessing history, and what an amazing thing to witness. Whenever I think of what has transpired here, I think of the thousands of people – brave, proud Americans – who struggled, strove, sacrificed, and even died to give me the right to vote, to ask America to be true to her words that “all men are created equal,” to pave the way for the election, one day, of an African American man to be the President of the United States.

I still can’t believe that my senator is the President elect of our country. But, thanks be to Almighty God, it is true. Now, he is no longer my senator: he is my brother in humanity; he is my captain; he is my President.

Congratulations, Mr. President: President Barack Obama.

I will never tire of those three words: President Barack Obama. And when I think of those words, three other words come to mind:

God Bless America.


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