12/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Connecting Some Dots

I can't help but see a sutble connection between this:

"To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president, too."

Barack Obama, President-elect, in his victory speech last night, Nov. 4, 2008.

...and this:

"Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America."

— former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell , on "Meet The Press," Oct. 19, 2008

...and, I guess, this:

"Wow, states like Georgia are going to have to suck it up and have a black President... Which is sort of amazing. That has a way of forcing a country forward."

— Me, live-blogging on Gawker last night, Nov. 4, 2008.

"That, I guess, is part of what Obama meant by this:

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there."

Barack Obama, same speech. Big night.