Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Joyful tears

When I look at this picture, I see a president-elect who looks more like me than any other in my life time.

I can't stop crying.

Yes, it's historic for an african american to be elected, but even more powerful for me is that this is only the second administration in my voting lifetime that I elected. Clinton/Gore was a thrill for being the first. Now, after the supreme theft of 2000 and the shock of 2004, after these eight years of unbelievable, unprecedented high crimes and misdemeanors, the election of Obama/Biden is so much more than a thrill. It has revived my hope for my country, my faith in people to do the right thing.

I especially appreciate that Obama, in the midst of his poetry of an acceptance speech last night, reminded us of the hard work ahead. He was even brave enough to use the word sacrifice instead of shop! As my friend says, "Now, we just have to keep pulling him to the left!"

In other news, hoping for more signs of intelligent life in America, I stayed up 'til 3am last night waiting to hear the Franken/Coleman result. It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for the recount. I've been walking around all morning saying, "Senator Franken" (I hope it helps!)


ProfWombat said...

Remarkable that the 'conservative' told us to shop, while trusting him, and the 'liberal' asks for hard work, sacrifice and individual responsibility.

And aren't they a terrific-looking family? Jeez. Real people.

Itchy Brother said...

There are two things that keep bringing tears to my eyes. One is the message that we can work together to make this world a better place for everyone. We've had almost three decades dominated by selfish greed, we have to do better.

Second is that millions of people, particularly African Americans, have renewed hope that they can achieve their dreams. It is impossible to imagine the impact this can have on our future.

ellroon said...

Hard work? You bet. We're going to need buckets, mops and industrial strength bleach to clean out the White House, Oval Office and the basement where they actually had an interrogation room....