I heard the news, first. I was trying to sleep when I thought there was some noise outside--cheering.
I realized something had happened, so I crept out of bed and tiptoed into the other room, crossing my fingers, hoping it would be what I wanted, but not positive...
I turned on the television, and there were the magical words: Barack Obama elected as the 44th President. I was overwhelmed with emotions: disbelief, relief, happiness, excitement. I read the words several times, and each time I had to tell myself, It's real! It finally happened! The worry is over, the decision is in, the country finally came through!
This is the first time I've ever said this, without irony or sarcasm: Go America! I'm proud of you!