Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Yes, We Can

I have never cried tears of happiness over an election before. Today, I feel hopeful. Overwhelmed, overjoyed and this faint, flickering glimmer of hope I've held on to so, so desperately, for the last four years, had finally, finally come true.

I lean pretty far to the left (no way, really?). It's no surprise that Keith Olbermann is my guru, that I totally drank the Ted Kennedy/Bill Clinton kool-aid. But I have never, since the day I started paying attention to politics - dateline Belgium, August, 1979 (it involved marzipan, sweahtagawd) - been so thrilled, so absolutely over the moon, about the guy I helped nominate as president.

That Canadian Boy I Married is not into politics at all. He humours me, but he doesn't really care. I can't really blame him - he can't vote, since he's not yet a citizen, and he feels frustrated by that. But he knows I care and he spent a good 2 hours tonight, listening to me wax rhapsodic over Obama's nomination, wanting to know the ins and outs of the process and why I (and the pundits) thought Hillary was done. He hates Bush with the same fire of a thousand burning suns intensity that I do (which is good - I'd have to ship him back otherwise), but he's been an uncommitted observer of this election. I think it's helped solidify my views on Obama. I have been a huge fan ever since the 2004 Demcoratic National Convention and said, even back then, that if he ever ran, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat. TCBIM didn't quite get my fascination until now. I don't know that he's a total convert, but at least now, he gets it.

So, yeah. Maybe we can. And wouldn't that just be amazing?


Heidi said...

Woot! I think his speech was the most inspiring I've heard in a very long time. It's so very exciting!

LauraJ said...

Yes YOU can!! (I can't, I'm Canadian!) I'm counting on you!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree (and my husband is the same way). I was trying to hide the fact that I was crying also but I had more hope last night than I have had in about 6 years.

elizasmom said...

OK, I totally have to hear this Belgium story, because I adore marzipan, but it has never spurred me to political action.
In that vein, I became a citizen in time to vote for the 1992 election. It will always stand out for me because of that. But this one, where I don't have to suppress the troubling inconsistency of being a feminist and choosing a guy who talks the liberal talk but can't respect his wife enough to keep it in his pants, this is different. I am, sadly, not at all sure that the inherent racism of our society won't defeat the better candidate, but I am going to be hopeful that for once, we will have a president we can be proud of. I am hoping I can hold my head up when next I see my European relatives, who have, for most of my political life, asked me, "So, what the hell is wrong with you all, electing an idiot like that?"

ali said...

coming out of lurk-ville so say i'm so inspired as well. So exciting for our country!

Jess said...

Oh, that video always makes me cry.... (pauses to wipe eyes and blow nose)

I'm so hopeful for us all now!

Jame is the same way. He had no idea what this election was about but by following it the last six months or so he's really learned - and I really respect him for that.

(My absentee ballot should be here soon - how excited am I??)

Dea said...

I am lucky enough to have a hubby who sees pretty much eye-to-eye with me! YAY! We both pretty much forced our 7 year old to watch the speech with us, saying, in 20 years, you will be able to tell your kids you saw the first black nominee for president of the USA speak!!! He was less than impressed, but apparently (at school) is a die-hard Obama fan who tells all the kids to vote for him - not too terribly GOOD, considering we live in the super-ultra-Republican-land. EEEK!

Ahhh, the beauty of a grass-roots movement that brought people out in record numbers to do the thing we "citizens" take for granted THE most of all our rights!!!! :D

Unknown said...

Definately! AND he ain't too bad to look at either! ;)

MsPicketToYou said...

Yay America!