First of all I'd like to congratulate President elect Obama. The first thing I got to hear after the results was Obama's speech. I really appreciated a number of things he said in it. One was his use of the word humility, which is very important to say to the huge numbers of liberals for whom a presidential victory was not going to be enough for them. I was very surprised and gracious not only that he mentioned the troops fighting overseas but that they "were fighting for our freedom". That was a huge statement for me, because Barack had always said that he felt that we were in Iraq for nothing. I also liked how he talked to those that didn't vote for him and especially how he talked about McCain. The next thing I got to hear was this morning - reports about a conversation between GW Bush and Barack Obama. Apparently it was a very nice conversation. He congratulated Obama, offered words of wisdom, and invited him to take an early tour of his future home when he was ready. That is class considering what most of us would expect, especially considering a text message my cousin received from his liberal friend that said they were organizing a team of volunteers to go to washington to, quote "move Bush's belongings the fuck out of the white house." And last, I did not get to hear any of McCain's concession speech, but from all the reports I have heard, including those here at LPSG, it seem that in typical McCain fashion, he too showed a whole lot of class. As someone that is very in tune with the conservative base, this is no surprise to me. There are certain actions that I have seen coming from liberals over the past 8 years that I would never personally condone, and that I think goes against the morals and ideals of conservativism in general. Yes, you'll find idiots on the right that say things that are totally classless, but I would be quick to condemn them. You'll also find plenty of idiots on the left that I hope you don't condone as well. I'm not sure if I've see adequate condemnation but that is a difference between the sides we'll just have to accept. Another major difference between the sides is that most of us conservatives, regardless of how bad or good Obama will be as president, will always accept him as OUR president. That is real patriotism and shows respect for democracy. We recognize the difference between dissent and divide. We recognize that some statements when heard abroad, make America look bad. You will not see that out of us very often, and when it does happen, you'll see condemnation. As for Obama - I really liked his speech last night, just like I really liked his speech in 2004. I just hope he focuses on rhetoric and less on executing any policies because he is very motivational. I even voted for him over Hillary in the primary. Why? Because the "Jeremiah Wright" explosion had not happened yet. It was his primetime speech about that that turned me off the most, actually was a deal-ender for me. I hope he learned his lesson there and changes and turns out to be the race-uniter I THOUGHT he was in the 2004 speech. I guess we'll see. Anyway congrats to President elect Obama.