It's no secret that I personally supported John McCain for president. I agreed with him on core issues and he and I are in the same party, but I also truly believe he's an extraordinary and honorable American hero.
I campaigned hard for him — to the point of losing my voice in fact. But Americans elected Barack Obama and it's time to put the election behind us and the country in front of us.
Barack Obama wasn't my choice, but come January 20, he will be my president. I will pray for him and his family. I want him to be successful in leading our country.
I will not seek to see all of his faults and none of his qualities.
Some of President Bush's harsh critics went beyond loyal opposition and engaged in angry, vile and mean-spirited hate.
Those of us who found that kind of attitude and behavior despicable can hardly engage in similar conduct toward a President Obama.
We can show our true patriotism conducting ourselves in the way that we wanted people to have treated President Bush.
In my lifetime, I saw the revolting and repulsive indignities of racism manifested in people of color being subjected to separate schools, waiting rooms, seating areas in theaters and water fountains.
It's an embarrassing part of our nation's history that we can never ignore. The evil, selfish — yes, sinful — treatment of other Americans because of color cannot be erased. But we can all celebrate that on this Election Day, a man was elected to live in the White House who 50 years ago would have at best been able to serve coffee there.
It means that when mothers put their children to bed, they will be able to tell them that there are no limits to their opportunities in America and young black children will be able to know that their pathway to the top is not necessarily limited to sports or entertainment, but might be through education, hard work and public service.
Surely, even the most partisan Republican can appreciate that.
If Barack Obama pushes tax increases, indifference to the sanctity of life or same sex marriages, I'll strongly and loudly disagree. But I will still show him the respect that he has earned having been elected president of the United States.
Yes, my president.
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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was a 2016 Republican candidate for president of the United States.