Dear Kemp grandchildren -- all 17 of you, spread out from the East Coast to the West Coast, and from Wheaton College in Illinois, to Wake Forest University in North Carolina:
My first thought last week upon learning that a 47-year-old African-American Democrat had won the presidency was, "Is this a great country or not?"
You may have expected your grandfather to be disappointed that his friend John McCain lost (and I was), but there's a difference between disappointment over a lost election and the historical perspective of a monumental event in the life of our nation.
Let me explain. First of all, the election was free, fair and transformational, in terms of our democracy and given the history of race relations in our nation....
Kemp concludes, nobly, on a note that seems quite out of tune with the Limbaugh-led Republican rhetoric that is lately so popular among the increasingly marginalized and bitter opposition:
President-elect Obama talks of Abraham Lincoln's view of our nation as an "unfinished work." Well, isn't that equally true of all of us? Therefore let all of us strive to help him be a successful president, so as to help make America an even greater nation.