The Notebook: Breaking A Barrier

There's one word we keep hearing over and over today: historic. But it's easy to hear it without thinking about what it really means ... how significant yesterday's election results really are.

When Barack Obama was born 47 years ago, the idea of an African-American President was unthinkable. Blacks had the right to vote, but many didn't, either because of intimidation or a feeling they just didn't have a voice.

There were still stores and businesses for whites only, and schools were struggling with desegregation following the Supreme Court's landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision just seven years earlier.

We have come a long way in less than half a century, and although we still have a ways to go, what happened yesterday broke through what had been an impenetrable barrier. Everyone, whether they supported Obama or John McCain, should be proud of that.