Well, I can barely even believe it happened.
Looking back at the sparse posting over the last year on this blog, you can see how caught up I've been in Obama's push for the White House.
Way back at the start of 2006 I emailed Dr Mike and suggested that we try to find out more about the young Obama who was just starting his rise - there was something exciting about him. We agreed that though it was unlikely he'd get past Hilary in a selection battle, he was a talent to keep an eye on. And so he was.
After one of the most extraordinary campaigns in US history, America (and the world) has its first African-American president and what a man he appears to be.
For the first time in my life, the world has a politician who has shamelessly embraced the big picture, who sees value in inspiring hope and unity, who speaks of an enormous vision, who can give a speech that reduces people to tears and inspires them to try to make a difference.
The US is in a horrible dark hole and it will take a giant effort to pull it back into the light. The challenges are enormous, but to have a leader elected who can inspire and galvanise an entire nation is a truly wonderful thing.
Among the phenomenal catalogue of great speeches that Barack Obama has already delivered (can you even imagine what's to come!?), the clip below is among one of the best moments I've seen. That two friends (Joseph and Jo) were actually there to witness it makes me green with envy (Joseph writes about it here). Delivered in Manassas, Virginia, it was Obama's final campaign rally - the night before election day. Obama demonstrates his story-telling skills in a genuinely funny retelling of a story from the campaign trail that ends in a stirring call to arms.
As Helen wrote to me in an email having just watched the clip below: "won't somebody please make this man the President of the Unites States. Oh wait..."
And as a parting salute to the most brilliantly run campaign ever seen, here is a photo of a pumpkin pie made by Snaz, an expat in London watching the results roll in until 5am when she finally got to bed very tired, but very happy, a new dawn in America.