11.06.2008

I can't avoid this title: Yes We DID

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I've not quite known what to say about the election. I've been overwhelmed with the task of writing (for my own historical blogging record) about my feelings regarding the historic outcome of the 2008 Presidential Election. To wrap words around the sheer volume of my emotions about our great new President-Elect, Barack Obama, is to wrap words around the universe. I haven't felt I could do it justice for myself, so, I've decided to let pictures speak the thousands of words I just can't seem to find:

[caption id="attachment_377" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Crowd at Grant Park"]crowd1[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_385" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="New York City"]nyc[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_386" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Athens, Greece"]girl1[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_387" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Obama's former school in Jakarta, Indonesia"]jakarta1[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_388" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Grant Park, Chicago"]grantpark1[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_389" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Denmark"]denmakr1[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_390" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Tears of joy"]Tears of joy[/caption]

It's a privilege and so wonderful and so incredible to be alive at this great moment in US history. Not only has our country elected its first African-American President, but we've moved into some sort of new era in terms of the way our nation feels about its President. Perhaps it's the fact that we've been "led" (I use the term as loosely as it can possibly be used) by a man who is clearly one of the worst Presidents in history for the last 8 years. Our nation forgot how good it feels to be proud of its President and the feeling is overwhelming.

It feels good to feel good again. It feels amazing to be proud of America again. On Election night Seth and I stayed up until after Obama's victory speech. We were constantly flipping news channels and checking our favorite news web sites for updates and information throughout the night. I kept saying it felt like New Year's Eve and everyone was just waiting for the ball to fall. When that moment came it was so great. "Great" - such a wussy choice of a word for such a strong feeling.  I can't even chose better words because none of them seem worthy of Obama.  I had so many emotions but had no clue what to do with them. We, like so many other Americans, cried tears of pride, joy, and enormous hope when President-elect Obama gave his speech. What a proud moment. I still get all weepy when I hear clips of his speech or I look at photos like the ones above. I absolutely can not wait to see what the man does as our next President. It's going to be awesome, I just know it.





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