I didn't realize that I had been holding my breath for eight years. This man fills me with hope. I am proud of us as a country for not bowing to fear and negativity, for choosing a new path. The day after, so many people smiling at each other, some crying and hugging. It feels not just as if we voted for a candidate, but that we chose our leader. I know he is human and he has a nearly impossible task in front of him, but he has already changed our country for the better. Thank you, Mr. Obama, for restoring my faith.