While I may wish that the entire race was run just like that, I am thankful that it ended with the words each spoke. There will be no legal challenges, no decisions by the Supreme Court, and few (if any) recounts necessary or asked for.
I suspect we'll see more "not my president" stickers showing up on various bumpers, and the stage was set for Palin to run in 2012 (thereby, perhaps, signifying the end of the Mayan Long Count?), but what I heard last night was a move by both parties toward unity and cooperation.
I also heard the John McCain I wanted to vote for in 2000 for the first time since that election.
If you have not had a chance to hear these two great speeches, go listen to them: John McCain (text) | Barak Obama (text).
Particularly, watch McCain's reaction to the crowd when they boo Obama.
I mentioned last night in romandruid's journal that, "There's much hope left: some of us are voting with it, pure and radiant." Indeed, the dawn I watched yesterday presaged the new dawn in America: last of the dawns that came before, first of the dawns to come, and ever young.