My first vote for President was for Al Gore in 2000. But we all know how that turned out.
My second vote for President was for John Kerry in 2004. But we all know how that turned out, too.
I am going to the UK for work this weekend, my first trip overseas. And I'm sure our new President will come up in conversation. And I just keep thinking how I cannot wait to tell them, "I am proud to be an American." I don't have to be embarrassed any more.
Michelle Obama said something this summer that got her into some trouble. But it didn't really hit me until today. Michelle spoke too soon. She should have waited until now.
So I will say it, and mean it, and those of you who have been around longer than I have can say it with me:
For the first time in my adult life, I am proud--truly proud--to be an American.
I feel like we're all glowing. Are we glowing? I hope this lasts. I hope our new President asks me to pitch in, too, because I am more than ready to lend him a hand. It's time to make this country the best it can be.