By this time tomorrow, Barack Hussein Obama will be the 44th President of the United States.
You can feel the excitement and positive energy in the air. D.C. was crowded this weekend, but today it is swamped. People have come from all over the world to be a part of this historical event. All seem hopeful. Some are realistic about just how much can be accomplished early, and a few already pondering, "What big event do we point to next?"
I talked with a good friend a colleague this morning. Jim Axelrod of CBS News worked at WRAL-TV in the mid-1990s. Since then, he's reported from all spots on our glorious globe, most recently as chief White House correspondent for CBS News.
"We've had this major story for two years. What envelopes us next?" Axelrod wondered aloud in this wall of information we all try and process 24/7. "Will there ever be another story to captivate us like this, to absorb us – not just journalists but all of us?"
I am confident there will. It may not be this intense, this emotionally draining, this far reaching, but a story of great magnitude will happen. Hopefully, it won't be another war, depression, tsunami, earthquake, riot, Madoff, sell-off, plague, etc. Hopefully, it will be another journey, a story that will make us work like dogs, pull our hair out with deadlines, argue over content, work more hours than we can tolerate and above all make us think.
Congrats to all who voted, no matter their choice.
Congrats President Obama.