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Tuesday, November 06, 2012


Tonight, for the third time in as many presidential elections, I found myself weeping. In Ohio, in 2004, I cried by myself at midnight, in shock, grief, and anger, as, continuously refreshing my browser, I saw my state called for Bush.
Four years later, in Minnesota, I cried tears of joy and pride in my country, watching the acceptance speech of the first candidate for whom I'd ever volunteered.

Tonight, in Oregon, I cried again, watching that same candidate--worn down, but not beaten, by his past four years in office--give the most gracious, genuinely conciliatory, generous and moving speech I can remember seeing. It made me really, truly, proud to be an American--a feeling badly needed after an epically bruising campaign year (and which I, as a non-TV viewer, was largely spared) and a slower-than-hoped economic recovery.

It's no particular surprise that if the rest of the world had voted for U.S. president, Obama would have won in a landslide. I don't think they're smarter than U.S. Americans, but I do think they tend to be less U.S.-centric than us, and to justifiably care a lot about who leads their most powerful neighbor--a neighbor in increasingly close quarters in this global community. Obama has made us a better (though certainly imperfect) neighbor, and that matters a lot to me.

He also espouses beliefs, and is working toward policies, that are already widely accepted by the vast majority of the so-called first world: that climate change is real and caused by humans; that people should be granted equal rights and protections under the law; and that access to health care should be available to all, to name just a few.

Again, I don't think he's perfect, but I'm so glad we (the people) have chosen him to lead this country for another four years, and feel hopeful for what they will bring.


Mumsie said...

I was stunned that it was all over so quickly! And very pleased with the results.

CëRïSë said...

Me too, especially after NPR's predictions yesterday morning that it could "be a very long night"! Being on Pacific time certainly doesn't hurt either, as far as long nights go!