I am really proud of our president today. I had the privilege of watching President Bush's press conference at noon today; moments before, the news had broken that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was out and Robert Gates was named to replace him. President Bush spoke of the need for a "fresh perspective" on the war in Iraq...a fresh set of eyes. He spoke of listening to the voices of the American people and hearing the frustration expressed in our votes yesterday. He joked that the Republicans had taken a "thumpin." I sensed a new humility amidst his characteristic firm resolve...maybe I'm just being optimistic. I liked what he had to say and how he said it.
We are blessed to live in a nation where this type of shift in the balance of power can take place so peacefully. While the ads sometimes got a little nasty, no blood was shed...noone was killed. The American people spoke and, at least for today, our leaders heard us and acted on our concerns. Democracy in action.