Chicago's own Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for President.
And as the "Democrat with backbone" -- a creature he called too rare in his U.S. Senate campaign kickoff speech -- he essentially accepted the nomination in the middle of the Republican convention hall! The audacity! I love it.
This is our moment. It's our moment to elect a leader with blazing intelligence, refreshing humility and a Lincolnian faith in the power of regular people who choose to engage in governance to create a kinder, more just and more productive nation.
This is one of the coolest political moments of my lifetime.
And it will be eclipsed in November when we elect Barack Obama as the next President of the United States of America.