New York Times' op-ed columnist, Bob Herbert, takes his turn in interpreting what's just happened here in today's piece, "Take a Bow, America." Among his other points, he writes, "Barack Obama won the state of North Carolina, for crying out loud." This is a very big deal.
Among the people whom Bob heard from after the election, he writes, is a friend of mine:
I got a call on Friday from David Goodman, whose brother Andrew was one of three civil rights workers slain in the searing racial heat of Mississippi in 1964.
“It’s shocking, isn’t it?” he said of the election.
“It’s wonderful,” he said.
I heard from David on election day myself. First came a video that was being distributed to the Jewish community, in which David had a cameo, explaining the connection between his brother's murder and Barack's election. It's a powerful piece and my only regret was not receiving it until 3 o'clock on election day.
Then as the returns became clear, we exchanged text messages. From David:
--Somebody in Heaven organized.
--Yes We Can.
Here, in honor of the Goodmans and their indomitable spirit, a picture of David and his son, Jacob, taken just a few weeks ago atop a 1000-foot sand dune in Mongolia.