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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.


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.

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?
Nov. 7th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
If it's any comfort, I find him more Franklin Rooseveltish.
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Ha, yeah! Eric has been wearing a vintage FDR button for weeks!



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