Tuesday, November 4, 2008

but i kind of wanted to stay up late...

All day I've felt like I do when I'm on a rollercoaster, like I do when the Cowboys are in the Super Bowl - there is utter excitement about the situation that is slightly tempered with a feeling of "what if?" What if the car bolts off the track? What if my team suffers a devastating injury?

'Cautiously optimistic.' Polls and pundits and predictions signaled Barack Obama's win but I dared not think directly about it. I almost engaged in the superstitious nuttiness I display on game days - not showering, wearing every bit of team gear I own, gluing myself to every move made by the players - but I did not; I chose the opposite strategy of deliberately showering (even loofahing), wearing no blue, and forcing myself to stay away from NPR until after 4 p.m.

To be honest, I have never disliked or even distrusted John McCain; I admire his integrity as a man, I am grateful for his service to our country, and I've found him to be an extraordinarily gracious gentleman in his defeat tonight.

I look forward to our country emerging in the next four years as a renewed force, with renewed energy & spirit, in this world.

God bless us all.

Welcome, Mr. President

16 comments:

cousin amy said...

Sa-weet! Hallelujah, happy dance, happy dance, happy dance. :)

i am very mary said...

no shit.

i am very mary said...

(how was that for a lack of eloquence?)

Stu said...

I am hoping he can live up to my vote and hopes. I did not vote against McCain like I voted against Bush, but rather for Obama.

Ms. Wink's World o'School said...

So happy, so in need of calm deep breaths since I was getting so worked up. I tried to tamp down my superstitions also. YAY!!!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Sorry, but... gag.

not. a. fan.

I hope this guy with good speeches and good hair turns out better than the last smooth-talkin' president we had. Maybe Obama will make it out of office without threat of impeachment.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I had to shush my very optimistic daughter on many occasions this last week.

THE SHUSHING IS OVER!

Bridge said...

yay! hope overcomes fear!
How proud I am of America today!

Janet said...

I agree with what you said about John McCain; his speech was gracious and caring and I loved the fact he shushed his audience when they booed.

Now we're in for some changes...finally!!! I am thrilled :-)

A New England Life said...

What a great day! Our family is thrilled with the election results after an exciting night. It's a moment our children will never forget : )

Glad you took a shower. lol!

laurie said...

i cried when i saw jesse jackson weeping in grant park.

i am very hopeful this morning, but also scared. we have been so crushed in the past.

katydidnot said...

1. i agree that mccain displayed grace and class and patriotism last night.

2. cowboys? super bowl?

3. i love that you made loofah a verb.

4. yes, welcome mr. president.

brandy101 said...

I was in Grant Park last night and everyone seemed to have the same *cautiously optimistic* outlook. I was expecting a wild party but instead found that big crowd to be shockingly quiet - even after the announcement and victory speech. I am glad I was there, but I am still surprised at the gravitas in the air that night.

Lala said...

Well said.

Moxy Jane said...

"Cautiously optimistic" would be a very apt description of how I feel and have felt during this whole experience.

I just am also very, very fearful that some nut job is going to try and shoot Obama down. 8 damn years of Bush and not ONE assassination attempt. I should probably not even give voice to that fear...

I'm going back to my cautious optimism!!!

Fantastic Forrest said...

Amen, Stephanie.

Eight years of stupidity and nastiness have left their mark on everyone in this country. "Strategists" like Karl Rove, Frank Luntz, Floyd Brown and Newt Gingrich expertly employed language and tapped into people's fears to make sure the R's won without regard for truth or integrity. We're not really sure how to act now that we've thrown off our oppressors.

I was particularly moved by an interview this week on NPR's Fresh Air with former Repub. Rep. Mickey Edwards, a conservative, who argues that the conservative movement has strayed from its founding principles.

You can listen here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96648705&ps=cprs

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