America has declared Barack Obama... 44th President of the United States
Well, well, well...Barack Obama (or should that be Bark Obama!!) has achieved the impossible! He is the first African-American to have been elected President of the United States.
Congratulations to Mr Obama and his family. John McCain has just given a very gracious speech acknowledging his competitor's success. He praised Sarah Palin who caught the world's attention but not necessarily always for the benefit of the Republicans.
Apparently Mr Obama will be celebrating later, probably with Oprah Winfrey close at hand. Ms Winfrey caused great consternation when she pledged her support for Mr O rather than Hillary Clinton. Many said she betrayed her gender. Well, it seems Ms Winfrey trusted her instincts and knew that change - phenomenal change - really was possible. In her lifetime.
In the meantime, I hope Oprah will persuade the Obama family that the White House needs a new canine resident! Oh yes. Ms Winfrey LOVES her own dogs so I hope that we'll see four paws padding around in the Oval Office.
Tonight's result should not be underestimated. It really shouldn't. A new era in global politics has begun. It IS a life-changing moment in history.