The President of the United States of America!

Election night, November 4, 2008, I watched election returns with friends. We were all overjoyed with the result!

I followed the transition in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, on television, and in almost daily emails from President-Elect Obama’s transition team.

I was glued to my television from Friday afternoon before the Inauguration until late in the evening of January 20.

The experience was enjoyable, moving, breathtaking, and, above all, a testimony to American democracy and to the resilience of the American spirit.\

Throughout the election, the transition, and the inaugural festivities, I’ve thought about my grandnieces, Keiara, 15, and Jada, 3. For Jada and her generation, their first awareness of the President of the United States will be of Barack Obama. For her generation, as District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty observed, “Barack Obama is not the first African-American President of the United States. He’s the President of the United States.”