Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Elation

Last night, watching the election coverage on television, I looked out into the sea of faces gathered in Chicago’s Grant Park.

There were thousands of people of all shapes, sizes and colors all jubilantly jumbled together.

Their faces were shining, their eyes filled with joy and hope.

In them, in all their differences and similarities, I saw my America.

That crowd embodied the America that I believe in.

I’ve never been as proud of us as I am right now.


33 comments:

Matt Bell said...

I'm so pleased you lot acutally did it! I was concerned there might be a last minute twist in the story. I went to bed here last night not truly knowing the result due to the time difference, and as soon as my alarm went off this morning scrambled to get the internet on my phone to find out the result!

I am LoW said...

I wrote a similar post yesterday about standing in line to vote. :)

Jennifer said...

Me, too. Me, either.

Wow.

Angela said...

All along during this election process, I've been holding my breath, too afraid to say out loud, my hope that there would be change, in fear I would jinx things for everyone in the States. From my home in Canada, I watched last night, with tears in my eyes, but with the biggest smile on my face and joy in my heart, YES!!!Obama and all those who supported and worked tirelessly for him did it, the world is truly a much better place today.

Miss Grace said...

I'm skating on a high. I was afraid to let myself hope for the best this election, for the fear of the letdown.

furiousBall said...

i am so stoked. hey world, we're back!

Mama V said...

Yes, we did!

Jennifer said...

I think that is one reason this is so powerful for so many of us. We know the "real America" and it was on display last night in Chicago.

I just got through the Chicago Tribune's photos of the event. good stuff.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-081104-obama-rally-grant-park-photogallery,0,647742.photogallery

The Sour Kraut said...

I too am flying high today. I cried my eyes out last night watching as our new first family took the stage. I am filled with a sense of relief that we are out from under this current administration and onto new and much, much better things. Ahhh....

Hetha said...

I've been teary eyed on and off all day, just letting it all wash over me. It's overwhelming in the best possible way.

Nancy said...

It feels so good to be an American.

We've shown the world and ourselves, anything is possible.

And what better person to open the door to those possibilities than Barack Obama!

yes WE can

Karen said...

me too, me too, me too! I am so happy, so happy, so proud, so...

foop said...

After eight years of being ashamed of my country, I can now say I'm proud to be an American.

Tears come to my eyes every time I think about it. Good job, America!

Leslie said...

Me, too. I'm so proud and hopeful.

manicmanicurist said...

I so agree! :)

nikisma said...

word.

BOSSY said...

Sista grrrlfriend: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Twisted Cinderella said...

great post.

Shannon said...

Cried last night, this morning, this afternoon. Maryn asked me why. I'm happy, I said. Yeah. I so am.

Vodka Mom said...

I cried last night, I cried this morning, and I've been teary eyed tonight. I am so proud of this country. My faith is restored.

Expatriate Chef said...

Exactly. The faces of the crowd were amazing. Stark contrast to the homogenous "other" crowd ... but I won't be negative. Not now. :) This is just too beautiful for that.

Ben and Bennie said...

Two days later and I'm still pumped.

Sara said...

A BIG thank you to our neighbours to the south that had enough hope and faith to achieve this result. You have given the rest of the world hope too.

mamatulip said...

I'm proud of you guys, too.

Not Hannah said...

Woooohoooooo!!!!

Scary Mommy said...

I am still pinching myself.

Day Dreamer said...

I cried and cried.

My state didn't get near what I'd hoped. But the rest of the country spoke loud and clear.

I'm so very proud too. We have a lot of work ahead of us. I'm SO ready!

Tracy - Hair Tools said...

It was great watching the country excited about an election, about voting, and cheering in the streets for the outcome. Too many elections have been ignored for too long.

the mama bird diaries said...

Exactly. This finally feels like MY America. It's amazing and glorious.

bzybead said...

I'm singing that song in my head " we can chaaaange the world". I can't sing it out loud or Greg will kill me because I sing off key and he can never figure out the song anyway (probably because they are the wrong words). anyway, know that if you and I were together we would we arm in arm singing "WE CAN CHA-ANGE THE WORLD"

Kyla said...

Me, too. So proud.

Erin said...

I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your political posts. I live in a "red state" and have many conservative friends, but I just could not, in good conscience, vote for what the Republican party stands for anymore. I am very excited that Obama won, and I can't wait to see the changes he'll make.

I think I will look back on this and say "I was 32 years old when we elected a black president. What the hell took us so long?"

Helena said...

I'm in the UK and sat up all night watching the results roll in, half the time holding my breath. I didn't want to go to bed-

in the last election, I went to bed half way through and they were saying Bush was losing- then I woke up to hear he had won! Well I didn't want that kind of shock again so I sat up all night- I'm about 8 hours ahead of you :) and WOW! I couldn't believe it! I wanted it, but never dreamed it would....

Brilliant! There are a lot of relieved people in the world today. And especially in the UK!
If the result is mentioned on so much as a comedy panel game, everyone claps!!!!