I can't tell you how glad I am that you'll be putting the "alas" back in "Alaska", but not in the rest of the country.
My parents woke me up this morning with a text that simply said, "Hi nani. There is hope for america n the world. 3 cheers."
I promptly surprised myself by bursting into tears, partly from relief, partly from shock, and partly from happiness. I had convinced myself that America would never elect a non-white candidate to presidential office in my lifetime, let alone a mixed-race/"black" one. But we have. I'm over the moon. I still look at our gloomy economic forecasts and entrenchments in foreign conflicts with trepidation, but for today, I am just glad.
It's Guy Fawkes Day in Britain. Inside, I'm pretending the fireworks are for us.