4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.
"It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day," Obama said, once again making an allusion to Dr. King. After nearly two years of bitter infighting with Sen. Hillary Clinton and often-brutal mudslinging with McCain, Obama can finally exhale, but now comes the challenge of dealing with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an economy in shambles. "I think we need to give him at least one administration to straighten out this mess," said one political pundit. "After eight years of Bush's butchering, I think we need to cut the new president some slack." There is also the concern of race haters, who have already demonstrated the extent to which they will go to intimidate Obama. "I can't think about that," Obama said. "There's so much work to do." The world has been watching, and will continue to watch, as a Black man has once more been called on to salvage a country spiraling perilously out of control and in desperate need of a messenger of hope and promise.