Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes We Can

I'm going to break my own rules yet again and discuss politics on my blog. I mean, really, how can I not?

This phrase has been overused a lot in the past weeks, not to mention the past 24 hours, but we literally witnessed history last night.

And it was amazing.
Now look. I don't care who you are, or where you live. North, south, black, white, red, blue, Republican or Democrat.

I don't care if you agree with his politics or not. I don't think there is any denying that Barack Obama is a powerful speaker, and that was one of the best speeches I've ever seen. And the fact that this country elected an African American to hold the highest office is simply astounding. Not because it wasn't long overdue, which it was. Not because he doesn't deserve it, which he does. But because I, and probably most of you, simply never thought it would happen in my lifetime. And whether or not you voted for him, the fact that he was elected is awesome.
We can all agree that America needs change, right? And the two men who ran for President this year were both admirable, intelligent men. I can't say the same for the VP picks. Sorry, had to get one jab in. But seriously, can Barack Obama really bring change to this country? I don't know. Do I believe he can? Of course. Do we all need to put our differences and bitterness about this election aside and try to move forward? You betcha. (ok, 2 jabs) Is that easier said than done? Yes. Do I like asking myself questions and then answering them? It appears so.

I sat and watched last night with tears streaming down my face. I teared up again this morning watching the Today show. I have a feeling this will happen a lot to me over the next few days.

I am so damn proud to be an American right now. I feel like I helped make this happen, even though I know that my state is and probably most always will be a red state.

I don't know what the future of this country holds, but I do know that I am hopeful. I believe in our newly elected leader, and I haven't felt this way since.....well, since ever. And I hope that no matter which side of the line you fall on, that you could at least appreciate that last night was a very important moment for this country.

Oh, I'm having a bonfire later today to burn all my neighbors' McCain/Palin signs. Anyone want to come make s'mores?
But really, for the record, McCain's concession speech was really eloquent and well spoken.

Also, I have a non-lesbian like crush on Michelle Obama. Is she the cutest?


Charlene said...

oh, my friend, it was a glorious night. my kids witnessed and participated in ... history. Hope is alive in America. Happy happy day.

Anonymous said...

I would love to say my child witnessed history, but if she did, she did via Osmosis, as she was out like a light.

Hopefully she will remember something more out his 8 years (yes, I did say 8 years) than I do. All I can remember from the Carter days is his brother Billy getting drunk and peeing in public, oh, yeah I also remember Billy I dating myself?

Here is to a great chance at change, and hoping to get this great nation back together!

Cheeto said...

Oh, Chips, your blog brought tears to my eyes. I, too, am proud to be an American today. I think Granny, myself and YOU never thought this day would come. I tink I will invite him and his lovely wife and kids over for spaghetti dinner!!!

Ms. M said...

okay that last pic is kinda pornographic.. I mean of course we all know BO is an ass man... and he's hittin' it from behind... lol... omg... they are a hot couple tho.. I concur on the lesbian crush comment.

PrincessPea said...

Lovely post. As a Brit, I feel, for the first time in a long time, that I am proud my country is an ally of your country. What a great result!

Thalia said...

I'm with you on the crying and overwhelmed and relief and happiness.

And yes, they are an adorable couple.

And I hope Palin's political career is derailed now, after more of her spending issues have come to light, etc.