Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yes. We. Did.

I expected it. For months, I've been sparking bar argument and encouraging GOTV workers with confident assertions of an electoral landslide for Barack Obama. When Pennsylvania was called for Barack, I opened the champagne, assuring the room that it was Game Over. When Oh. went for O., I wanted to kiss everyone in the room, knowing that 300+ was now a certainty.

But at 11:00:05, when the networks simultaneously called the race for Obama, I felt surprise and shock -- as if I had all along secretly expected that, somehow, they would take this from us also. My hands shook and the tears welled up. It wasn't that we finally were seeing the end to the darkest eight in our history, it wasn't that we were looking at an opportunity to undo so much. It was simple, and not so simple -- we had put a black man in the White House.

Yes. We. Did.

For the first time in so long I was truly proud of something my country had done.

I'm going to savor that for a little while. Then, it is on to the bitter hard work we have in front of us.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Declaration of Independence finally rings with the resonance of truth.

Not Your Mama said...

I was chewing nails until the PA vote came in. Thank you, thank you Pennsylvania.

Anonymous said...

As the results came in, I was in complete shock.Obama won? I realize now how many idiots we have here in America. Most people don't even realize that the President Of The U.S..has only one job..the Chief Commander of the Armed Forces and he can veto a bill. Obama making promises he cannot possibly keep. THE CONGRESS DOES THAT!!!! I also find it completely disturbing, that Obama forgot to mention is he is half white. So sorry Obama, but you are not the first Afro-American President, nor is Halle Barry the first female Afro-American to receive an Oscar. I truly sympathise with their white mothers, who gave birth to them, raised them and took care of them while the black fathers deserted them. As a mother I would truly be hurt, but as a true mother would not say anything because they love their children.So a half white man and half black man is now in office. While a TRUE AMERICAN HERO (Mr. McCain is left behind) I am no longer a proud American.

A Big Fat Slob said...

Amazing how willing some people are to make themselves appear moronic.

I guess I have only one question -- what was the flavor of the kool-aid?

Anonymous said...

I find it amazing with all that is going on in the world, you have justified your white liberal guilt by electing a black man. It doesn't matter what his policies are, what his past associations have been, the fact he has little executive experience..you elected a black man. I'm still amazed that emotions beat facts.

A Big Fat Slob said...

Oh, mi.

Another blissful citizen heard from.

Thanks for sharing.

What time do they have to check you back in?

Gort said...

Count me as another guilty white guy. Guilty of wanting the best for my country. We missed you Slobby, I hope you hang around.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there!

I see you've been away from the blog for a while...

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas this year!

I stopped by here just to say "Happy New Year!!"

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
~ God

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

*Isaiah 43:18-19