On Nov. 4, 2008 people around the world were holding their breath as they waited in utter suspense for the words that could change the course of history forever. And then, at 11 p.m., reporters around the world announced the news that made history: "Barack Obama has won the American vote. He is the country's first African-American president." John McCain, Barack's worthy opponent, gave the traditional concession speech, asking his supporters to join him in supporting our new president. Now, 77 days later, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were sworn into office. This was a momentous day in our history. Our country has shown that our voices can be heard. We can use our right to vote to change the world. When almost 400 years ago the thought of having an African-American president would have been thought insane, we have proved that anything is possible in America; the home of the free and the brave. No one is sure if this new president will be better than the others. But we do know that it makes our nation proud that we have changed the course of everyone's lives by using our right to vote. Indeed, we have changed the world. As Barack Obama has told us, time and time again, "Yes, we can." And yes, we did.

Carter Paterson

6th Grade, Shelter Rock Elementary School

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