"Four more beers...four more beers" joked the man on Twitter somewhere in between Romney's concession of defeat and Obama's appearance on stage. But this victory for a second term for Barack Obama is a victory for the nation. And his victory speech highlighted some of the best in patriotism. What makes us good Americans is what makes us good human beings. Yet that does not make us a superior nation, necessarily. And certainly not when the lack of cooperation between members of Congress has made almost 400 times more filibusters during the last four years than during the early 1960s, under the Johnson presidency (see #Armanpour on Twitter).
Still, the notion of hope as something that rises out of our inward being is perhaps a useful image for the nation at this point, and justifies also Obama's allusion to "the young boy on the South Side (of Chicago)" in his speech.