Just in case any of my die hard Republican friends and family think that I am alone in welcoming the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, take a look at this picture folks. I'm not alone. There are a "few" other folks who agree with me. I recently sent e-mails to my friends on the right asking them if they were nervous or apprehensive. Then I told them, "now you know how I felt after the election of 2000 and 2004." Then I advised them to "fasten their seat belts because it's going to be a bumpy ride." The last eight years of the Bush-Cheney rule were almost unbearable. Thank God we're coming out of that long, dark tunnel coming into the open light.