After how many months of campaigning, the night has come and gone. And it's over.
I know it's over, because 349 is greater than 270.
I know it's over, because while I had to spend last night in a bar, shooting bad darts and staring at CNN whenever it wasn't my turn, I stood in front of the TV on the wall and applauded when I saw the yellow check mark show up next to Barack Obama's photo.
I know it's over because when I came home and saw a replay of Obama's speech in Chicago's Grant Park, he has now been given the title of President-Elect. And his voice and his message and his presence, energized the crowd of nearly a quarter million strong.
November 4 is over.
But the hope...the change...the new day...
...have only just begun.
"Change will not come if we wait
for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek."
—President-Elect Barack Obama