Whilst I am not taking the prospect of Senator Barack Obama's winning next week for granted, I feel that this is a moment in which to be proud and happy about those of us who have been involved have achieved.
The pride of simply being there, seeing the first US Presidential election in history where one of the two main candidates is black.
The pride of being involved with a dialogue in wanting to see sea changes in politics. Not just policy, such as better education and health care but also attitude. Seeing a politician being prepared to lsiten to and respect his opponents, even though there is major disagreement.
The pride of having taken the chance and gone over to the US and helped in the election
The pride of having made good friendships as a result
The pride in seeing one's opponents fight dirty and finding it does not succeed quite so easily
The pride of anticipating a real change
The pride of seeing a possible re engagement in foreign policy where there is better dialogue, but not that of appeasement.
I am proud to have seen this election, been involved in this election, more than any other in US History and that is no hyperbole. Those of us who are involved have reasons to be proud. Lets work now to help cement that pride :-)