On this day, November 5, 2008- on the day after we elected Barack Hussein Obama as president of the United States, I feel proud to be an American. Though in a tired, sleep-deprived state after staying up to hear one of the most inspirational speeches of my life, I have had a smile on my face all day. I want to stitch an American flag onto my luggage and travel through Europe (just like the Canadians do with their Maple Leaf flag). I no longer feel the need to defend our country when people outside the U.S. talk about Americans as gun-toting, racist war mongers. We now have proof that America is much more than that. I have renewed confidence in the American people! Even though his name rhymes with Osama and his middle name is Hussein, the majority of Americans did not assume he is a terrorist. Rather, they looked beyond his name and the color of his skin and embraced his ideals and his optimism. They-- WE, elected him president.