Mr. Obama's election proves better than any rhetoric our country's belief in opportunity for all and the potential for individual achievement when one's heart burns with passion, and passion ignites true leadership. If anyone stands for the promise that Americans can achieve their dreams, it is Mr. Obama.
Then again, I am among the 47.5 percent of American voters who did not choose Mr. Obama for president. While I admired him from the start, I simply disagree with the path he thinks is best for our country.
So my task as I teach my children about my values and beliefs is to demonstrate my respect for the person of the presidency while also explaining how and why I disagree with him.
As long as we're talking about hopes, mine is that Mr. Obama remembers that the dreams he was able to pursue for himself were the result of a unique and remarkable system of democracy and the right to freedom upon which it is based.
If he strengthens that system, only the barriers of their imaginations will limit the dreams of his children and mine.