Last night, smack dab in the middle of my annual week alone I put down the Xbox controller long enough to tune in to history on cable TV. The DNC nomination acceptance speech was the first by Obama that I listened to in its entirety, and he struck all the right chords and I hung on every word.

The influence of his fiery, controversial pastor can’t be denied. His speaking style is borderline gospel preaching. This is an election that matters more than any I can recall.

We have heard the rallying cry before. The problems of our nation are well-known and “fixable”. “Change” is a convenient catch-phrase, however it seems to  me that Obama has the integrity to correct the wrong-headed policies of the Bush administration.

It never entered my mind that would see an African-American man nominated for President of the United States and to quote our future First Lady, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.”

A good sketch is evading me, but I’ll have a lot of opportunities over the next 4 or 8 years!