When millions watched Barack Obama give his history-making victory speech in Grant Park on election night, one thing stood out starkly the bulletproof screen surrounding him.
Most people here are glued to their TV sets in advance of your historic victory. I dream that a crowd of youths in east Belfast are exercising their civil right to throw stones and bricks at one another. To do as much damage as they physically can in another night of madness.
Most of us are still swooning with happiness at the triumph of this tall, dark, handsome, highly intelligent, and devoted family man.
Farewell President Bush. Goodbye "Axis of Evil".
From Berlins Brandenburg Gate to the small town of Obama, Japan, the globe geared up to celebrate a fresh start for America.