The UNITED STATES of AMERICA in 2008 achieved a double-milestone by electing its first person of African-American ancestry who also was named Barack Hussein. A man whose biological father was a Kenyan civil servant and whose stepfather was an Indonesian businessman. Truly remarkable.
The election of 2012 besides returning that man to office should be properly acknowledged for its milestones as well:
— The first Buddhist was elected to the U.S. Senate
— The first Hindu was elected to the U.S. House
— The U.S. Congress saw its two Muslims re-elected
— Twenty women are now members of the U.S. Senate
— The first openly gay (lesbian) was elected to the U.S. Senate
— And, for the first time in history as the result of popular ballot initiatives in Colorado and Washington State marijuana has been legalized for recreational use
All in all, a memorable election.