I am still just blown away by last night’s election. Unbelievable — just absolutely amazing. I am so excited that I was here to witness this bit of history. I’d been watching the election results roll in since 6 and had taken a catnap on the couch. About 10:50 Drew suggested we go to bed, but I thought since it was so close to 11, I wanted to wait a bit. I am so glad I did. When they declared Barack Obama the president-elect, I couldn’t help but get a little teary-eyed. Partly because I was so relieved that the American people didn’t fail us this time, but also because it was a defining moment in our country’s history and that is really exciting!
I felt bad for John McCain making his concession speech, mostly because I felt a lot of his supporters were being disrespectful. It’s not just the “boo-ing” of the next president that I found distasteful, but also (and perhaps mostly), the chants of “We love Sarah!” and “Palin 2012!” That moment was NOT about Sarah Palin. It was about Sen. John McCain and he deserved the respect of an audience that was focussing on him, the presidential candidate. It was really upsetting to me.
I know not everyone agrees with Obama’s politics or even likes him, but I just hope that some of the ignorance and intolerance that we’ve heard over the past couple of weeks will dissipate. And I hope that even those people who don’t support him will at least appreciate the cultural significance of his election.
As for myself, I am thrilled and for the first time in many years, I have a positive and hopeful feeling about our country!