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Delayed Reaction

It's strange. Tuesday night when the election was called, I naturally felt relieved and happy. For some reason, though, I couldn't really feel it. I remember the night Clinton won in '92. I was over-the-moon ecstatic, and I expected this time I'd be doubly elated. Well, it was strange. I just wasn't as jubilant as I expected to be. E was misting up with joy. I felt sort of... wooden.

Just now, though, I watched last night's Rachel Maddow show (my new TV girlfriend), and the reality of this finally hit me. Holy cats. Did we do this? It looks like we actually did this! Woooooooooooooo!!!!

I think I was waiting for them to take it away, like they have before. I must have been expecting the secret fascist lifestyle police to declare Barack not Christian enough or something. But I was just watching footage from the acceptance speech, and I saw how he and Michelle were hugging, and looking... strangely serene and almost somber. The Bidens were doing the usual victory dance up there, but the Obamas looked almost a little bit grave. That's when the waterworks hit me. I believe this man may mean everything he's said about wanting to do things differently. I believe in this man, and more importantly, I believe in my country again.

I need to go cry some more now. Love to all of you.

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chadu
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
hugs, sweetie
fenriss
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Hugs back. Hope I can see you some time soon.
revfish
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
You hit on the head what it is I really like about Obama. He believes in himself, his nation and the people and that we are all capable of changing our nation to something better. I think the best part of his speech was when he said that we not Red States, we are not Blue States, we are the United States. He isn't a politician in that he is someone you feels you could never relate to. He is a leader who you would follow if he were the head of your softball team, the head of your company or the head of your nation. I do worry for him since, as a nation, we have a bad history of finding those great leaders who have the possibility of making real change and then killing them. I sincerely hope Secret Service is on overdrive protecting him. His is the voice of change and we need it or we will all be on the streets begging for change.

fenriss
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, agreed on all counts. Especially the fearful one. I hope the Secret Service is on top of their game. Everyone calls Obama "Kennedyish" and "Linconish." Uh... eek?
minniethemoocha
Nov. 7th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
If it's any comfort, I find him more Franklin Rooseveltish.
fenriss
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Ha, yeah! Eric has been wearing a vintage FDR button for weeks!
peregrin8
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
I think I was waiting for them to take it away, like they have before.

I had the same thing. I didn't want to go to any of the parties because I thought (without even articulating the thought) that somehow it would get stolen again, somehow they would manage to stop it. And yet. It was too huge; they couldn't quash it!
fenriss
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
It would seem to be the case. In terms of electoral votes, it actually was a landslide.

Incidentally, I would really like to get together, especially for meditation. Not exactly sure how soon I can commit to going all that far from home. I'm sorry to be lame, hon. Just gimme a little time to level out? Hugs.
peregrin8
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Of course, take all the time you need. I would love to see you whenever you are up for it (and what metro in Virginia are you near? I could get that close to you anyway). In the meantime, I am thinking of you!

(((very big hugs)))
fenriss
Nov. 6th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for being so understanding. We are near the East Falls Church Metro. Any time you think you might feel up to coming out this way, we could pick you up and drop you off. Just a thought.
joanarkham
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been crying on-and-off since Tuesday night. It's just...so huge.

*hugs*
fenriss
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, huh? I can hardly wrap my brain around it.
vyxenmacd
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
a bit more insight in the President-elect
Let me share this article with you from Carol Marin, a prominent news person in Chicago which is where I lived. She gives a glimpse of the political and ethical foundation of the (now) President-Elect Obama, which, to my delight, is rooted solidly in the path and temperament of another former statesman from Illinois, for whom I campaigned for many years, and is one of my personal heroes.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/1247260,CST-EDT-carol29.article

fenriss
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: a bit more insight in the President-elect
Ooh, Paul Simon! I loved him. Thanks for the article! I'll read, and if I can remember, post some thoughts :)
splifford
Nov. 6th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
My favorite moment from Grant Park was when Barack kissed Michelle on the nose. I just adore them, and it will be so nice to have a truly *loving* family in the White House.
fenriss
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. I am so happy about that. I heard an NPR interview with her brother about how they started dating, and it was really sweet. They are so sincere.
minniethemoocha
Nov. 7th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
fenriss
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
D'oh! There you go making me mist up again! :)
minniethemoocha
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
This one was my favorite!
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