All right, so that's the way it is.
The defeated candidate gave an incredibly gracious concession speech. The Winner gave a rousing victory oratory. He's got probably the best speechwriters since Reagan.
Like John McCain, I wish Obama well. My view of all politicians is jaundiced, but what matters is not the politicians themselves, but what effect their actions have on the world. Maybe, contrary to every single experience in known human history, Obama will 'be different'. Like creationism, there's no evidence to suggest that it might be so—but, hell, what have we go to lose? If I turn out to be wrong, I'll be the first and foremost to be happy about it.
It certainly was an interesting day!