Ithaca Blog

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A Victory That Changed the Odds

Damon Runyon used to say that everything in life is 6 to 5 against.

But last night, the electoral college was more than 2 to 1 for.

The magnitude of Barack Obama's victory is matched only by the challenge he undertook in the first place, to defy the odds and make history.

Usually, in public life, the moments and events we remember forever are tragic ones: the Kennedy and King assassinations, the Challenger disaster, 9/11.

Obama's election changed that, too.

Enjoy the moment. Then, there is work for all of us to do, beyond voting. Work, and opportunity.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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