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Someday when my son is an old man, he’ll say, “I remember when Barack Obama won the election of ’08. I was sitting in the family room with my parents watching the election coverage when the announcement came that Obama had won 297 electoral votes, and was going to be the next President of the United States. I remember my mom jumping up and down, and laughing and crying at the same time. My dad was crying, too, in his quiet manly dad way. We all started hugging and cheering. Man. That was a great day. I’ve never forgotten it.”

YES WE DID!

I heard on the radio that Oregon had 85% voter turnout. Not bad, Oregon. And thank you, Ohio! Thank you, Pennsylvania! You beautiful battleground states. Mwah! What a relief that we didn’t have to agonize over a close race, and worry about vote tampering, and wait for days to be sure of the outcome.

Several friends overseas have contacted me to express their delight that America “got it right this time.” A couple of them – hi, Kevin and Kate! – stayed up all night to see the results. Our international reputation has begun to improve already. Let the healing begin!!

I stopped jumping up and down and laughing to listen to Obama’s victory speech, but I didn’t stop crying. It was so beautiful. This was the part that leaped out at me:

“But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.”

I have not believed or trusted the man in the White House for eight years. (I just spent ten minutes listing all the reasons why … but I deleted them, because you were there, too, watching the news. You don’t need me to poke old wounds on such a bright new day.) I believe that George W. Bush is an incurious man. He is truly not interested in what WE THE PEOPLE have to say. He always always preferred to get his information softened into pre-digested bites from Cheney and Rove.

So the idea of a President who promises to be honest with us? Who is eager to listen?


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sruble
Nov. 6th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
OMG (great!)

I felt a HUGE sense of relief when they called the election. I was surprised (but shouldn't have been) at how relieved I was. YAY! I'm eager to listen to what he has to say and hopeful about the future of the country for the first time in eight years.

Thanks for the post!
tracyworld
Nov. 6th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
I wonder how many children will carry that memory of their parents crying as they listened to the speech? We've all endured so much and now there's hope in the air again.

OMG, indeed.
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