At the beginning of the month, my fellow citizens surprised the hell out of me by electing Barack Obama to the presidency. In the weeks since, I've been alternately delighted by the agenda points listed on change.gov and appalled at a couple of the cabinet choices in discussion. Still and all, what a joy to have the first half of that equation, and that it is, far and away, the strongest feeling is its own blessing. No one who could straight-facedly include Larry Summers as a possible pick will ever be everything I want in a president, but that's okay, because in his campaign and his rhetoric and his unlikely (to my mind) win, he's already given me the greatest thing to be thankful for, which is a sense that the United States is a better place than I thought or feared it was, and that at least for a time, it's a place I'm happy to call home. I'm thankful for that, and for having my hopes met, my expectations exceeded, and the boundaries of my dreams pushed into a new realm.