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Friday, November 07, 2008

A Personal Reaction

Tuesday night, November 4, 2008 will be a night I will forever remember.

About 9:00pm the phone rang. It was my African American mother-in-law calling to ask what I thought. President-elect Barack Obama had just finished his speech.

It was hard for me to talk. Because I could not stop crying. I told her I could not believe Barack had won. And she said, “I know, neither can I!”

Before the Iowa primary, we had talked about the possibility of Obama winning the nomination from Hillary. When he won that night, I remember her asking me whether I though he had a chance.

It was then that I saw something. A flash of hope in her eyes I had never seen in my 33 years of knowing her.

It was the same look I saw in the eyes of thousands of people later that month when I went to an Obama rally in Las Vegas.

In the eyes of Latinos, African Americans, Asians, young people, old folks, and people who look like me, just an ordinary white guy.

There is no way I can explain the astonishment that I am feeling right now.

Because now when my son has kids and one of my little grandchildren climbs up onto my lap and says one day he or she wants to be President of the United States of America, I can truthfully say, “Yes you can!”


For another take, here is what James Manning at Peace on That had to say.

Note to all. This will be my last post on the elections of 2008. I also will not be commenting on others blogs as they are related to current political events. We are now in a time of transition and I believe, as I have said in the past, that since Barack Obama has not taken office yet that we should keep our carping to ourselves.

Nothing will be served at this point to belabor the facts, or indulge those who still want to hammer the supposed socialism of President elect Obama, or the presumed lack of intelligence of Sarah Palin.

It is now time for us to try and come together as Americans of all stripes, hoping and praying for the best for both our current and future political leadership.

Comments on "A Personal Reaction"

 

Blogger Patrick M said ... (7:50 PM) : 

No more commenting on election results or blogging on it?

Almost sounds really good to me.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (7:58 PM) : 

That's my plan and I am sticking to it.

Until inauguration day.

 

Blogger Dee said ... (5:48 PM) : 

As I said on James' blog, Obama ran a much better grassroots campaign than McCain. There was a huge difference between the way his campaign was run and the way Bush's was. I knew we were in huge trouble months ago. You combine that with the economic news, the polls and John McCain himself and it was Obama's to win.

I am happy for you and James and I get the historic nature of it. I also want to thank-you and James for not being hateful or gloating. I can't tell you how many immature liberals came to my blog on election night and said hateful things.

As for not talking politics, I can't exactly promise that, but I am looking forward to doing some posts on Tv and Book reviews now that there isn't pressing and urgent stuff to talk about.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (7:21 AM) : 

Go ahead and say it Dee. I am a politicsaholic and i want to get better.

As for the crazies, don't even acknowledge them. Just delete 'em and move on.

 

Blogger James & Emilee said ... (9:20 AM) : 

This is from one of my friends facebook blogs...i love it:

..."one last shining remark. As I was watching CNN this morning, they reported a story about a gal who was driving home last night when she heard on the news that Obama had won. She pulled the car over, started honking her horn and dancing on the side of the road. Not only that, but people pulled over and came out of nearby shops and houses to begin dancing with her.

That sort of thing doesn't happen in the America I've grown up in. The only place I have seen that sort of reaction with my own eyes is when I was in the middle of Moscow, and the Russian football club beat England in the Eurocup. The streets were literally on fire that night with people drunken, dancing, and in generally being proud of who they were and what Russia was becoming.

I hope that enthusiasm is here to stay. I pray that this momentum carries past January 20th and we see America reform and rally around a new passion. One that rebukes the status quo, the acceptance of mediocrity, and encourages people to dance in the street. I'm doubtful, I'm sober about it... but, damnit, I wish it so."

It made me happy. I hope it does for your too.

 

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