Looking to the future, Woodruff predicted President Barack Obama’s renewed effort to reach out to Republicans and Democrats to avoid further financial devastation, reforms in the nation’s tax and immigration policies, a resurgence of U.S. global energy dominance in the coming years, a rise in states’ legalization of gay marriage and a drop in national unemployment.
Overall, Woodruff’s outlook was one of great hope and faith in America’s functioning, if fragile system, complemented by a great sense of pride in its citizens.
“This election, as were those before it, was a giant political earthquake. Americans got up out of their homes and jobs, they went to their polling places, cast their ballots and, from every corner of the nation, they voted,” Woodruff said. “We come together, we make a decision and accept the results without firing a shot. It’s our democracy at work, and I believe it’s the strongest government on earth and am so grateful for it.”