It's been twelve long years since I've felt good the day after a presidential election, but boy do I feel good today! I have to say for the past eight years, the course our political leaders have followed has given me great pain. I've dealt with it by going numb to a certain degree, as if I were in deep freeze.
With Barack Obama's decisive victory, I'm suddenly back in the sunshine. As I listen to the post-election analysis on public radio (I wasn't able to stomach the news much during the "dark years"), I find myself tearing up again and again. Most of it is "good" tears of pride in my country for proving again it is the land of opportunity and hope, joy that a leader of intelligence, judgment and genuine caring will be taking over as president, and profound relief that we can begin moving forward again under the energy and vision of a leader in the prime of his life. But I also realize that some of the tears are due to the inevitable pain at the thawing of my protective armor. Hope does take courage. In some ways it is safe and easy to be cynical about politics, but I do care, and I've always cared what happens to this country for my children and for reasons beyond my own limited self-interest. I realized when I visited Ellis Island a few weeks ago, that America really was the land of hope, freedom and higher ideals for millions of immigrants. And that magic at the heart of the American dream is still there today as yesterday's results prove!
BUT, when I'm not crying, I am definitely smiling! And I thank all of my friends for their hard work in making this possible. Jeremy Edwards and Craig Sorensen helped us win Pennsylvania. My sister worked for Obama in Virginia. To everyone who voted, everyone who cared--THANK YOU! And to President-elect Obama--I know you'll show everyone that intelligence, an understanding of complexity, and the wise planning you learned from community organizing (I'll bet you're not snickering now Guiliani and Palin) make for a great presidency.
Whew this hope thing feels good!
Reading this post made me tear up. I'm so happy for us all.
I wish we could celebrate--and cry happy tears--over lunch, Emerald! I have to say a trip to DC is looking much more appealing these days. I've been avoiding it for some time ;-)
I'm crying, too!
I've been a little hung over all day after drinking too much celebratory sparkling wine last night.
I have feeling of deep, inner peace. I cried listening to his acceptance speech last night and I'm once again wiping the tears of joy away after reading your post, Donna.
We should be proud!
Happy for you all, Donna! It's been a wonderful day, even watching from over the pond.
I was a little groggy too this morning from the Pt. Reyes Vineyard sparkling wine we had last night. But I enjoyed every celebratory sip. It is interesting how many people say they cried--and not from disappointment--during Obama's speech and later, just thinking of the achievement of his election and what it means to our country.
Thanks for your support, Nikki. I'll be able to watch our president speak again. Obama is so eloquent, perfectly pitched. It's a pleasure to listen to him! I could go on and on, and I'm sure I will :-)
It truly has been a day of renewed hope and promise. I can't wait to watch the inaugural address. I'm sure it will be memorable.
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