Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pocket of blue in a sea of red

History has been made, and I am happy that it was made in my lifetime.

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I'm not normally one to publicly air my political views to a broad, unknown audience, but I am very excited at how this year's presidential election turned out, as is, it would seem, much of the world.

I just finished watching and listening to both McCain's concession speech and Obama's acceptance speech, and I have great respect for what both candidates had to say. I was very moved by Obama's powerful speech, and I am hopeful that he will lead us in a new direction. I appreciate his candor - that he has acknowledged that change will not happen overnight, and that it will not necessarily be easy, but I am hopeful that with his win, our nation might embark on a new mindset. I was not hopeful 4 years ago, nor 8 years ago, but today I am hopeful. And it doesn't even necessarily have to do with party affiliation, but with the ideals and goals the candidates have brought to the table.

I place a lot of value in how people present themselves, and if Obama's actions turn out to be as good as his presentation - which I view as genuine, calm and confident - then I think we have good reason to be hopeful.

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I am proud to be resident of a county that helped elect Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. And I am thankful that I have the right to be a part of the democratic process.

And now that we know who our next president is going to be, these questions have come to my mind:
  • What's next for Sarah Palin? Will she fade back into Alaska, never to be heard from again?
  • How could so many counties in Ohio have voted for McCain?
  • Back before technology (internet, TV, radio, telephone), how long after election day did it take before the nation knew who their president was?


Bev said...

As one of the faceless masses, I really appreciated reading your thoughts on Obama and the election! Almost everyone here where we live in Canada was watching last night, hoping that America had changed enough to make the right choice, the only choice.

And how long DID it take before you knew who your president or prime minister was? Years, for some, I suppose. Until someone who knew came around to your parts. I think in "Little House in the Big Woods" Pa goes off to vote. But he wouldn't have found out who won until the next time he went to town!

Jenny Clark said...

check out this cool, free poster I found on a blog. (of Obama)

by the way I love 101 cookbooks, too. Although none of the recipes are very quick to make... I've found. But they are good.

Heather said...

Bev, it's nice to hear a comment on our presidential election from someone who is on the outside looking in. I think we made the right choice, too. Whew!

Jenny, that Obama poster is pretty cool. That guy's other work is neat, as well.