The American presidency is, like the nation it serves, constantly evolving. As America changes, so too does the face and life story of its leadership.
During my lifetime, a period covering about one-fourth of the country's presidential lineage, I have witnessed the election of the first Catholic president (John F. Kennedy), the first presidential resignation (Richard Nixon), the ascension of a president who had never run on a national ticket (Gerald Ford), the first president in modern times from the Deep South (Jimmy Carter), the first divorced president (Ronald Reagan), and the first non-Caucasian president (Barack Obama).
During my sixty-eight years I have also lived through a presidential assassination, a presidential impeachment trial in the Senate, and a father and son both elected to our nation's highest office.
By the time the sun rises tomorrow I will have undoubtedly also witnessed the election of our country's first female President - Hillary Clinton - an evolutionary as well as revolutionary step in our political progress toward establishing a just and equitable future for all. Hillary will have a big job ahead of her as she struggles to bring the nation back together, and we all need to devote our spirit and energies to that task - not for Hillary's legacy, but for our own.