Yesterday Barack Obama became the first African-American to be nominated for President of the United States by one of the two major political parties.
It's a milestone in the history of the United States that all Americans can take pride in, regardless of political affiliation.
I don't mind admitting that I am one of those "believers" in Obama. It feels good to be excited once again and even hopeful about public service. The last eight years have left me disillusioned and cynical about the presidency, which is just a bit dangerous for a high school history teacher who hopes to draw students to a rich and mature understanding of citizenship.
The recent political ads from the McCain camp no doubt point to the dangers of reducing a public official to an ideal that appeals to our emotions rather than reason. One has to wonder, however, whether such ads would be aired if the Republicans had fronted a more charismatic and engaging candidate. In other words, the excitement that many feel for Obama can also be used to highlight how little fervor there is for McCain.