||[Nov. 5th, 2008|11:54 pm]
Rehearsal ended early last night for "A Christmas Carol," because our director knew we all wanted to watch the election returns.|
I dashed home to head out with Kelli over to Val's house to watch the returns.
I couldn't stop grinning all night.
It didn't feel unreal at all. It felt inevitable. Despite all the concerns and opinions by various talking heads about the uncertainty of a black man becoming president, I never had a doubt. Never.
I got drunk, and I was happy, because one of the best of our politicians was going to be our head of state.
It wasn't until today, after looking at the slideshows below, that I finally teared up. Because they reminded me that we, as a country, aren't in this alone. The rest of the world isn't against us, no matter how vociferously the lunatic fringe of the Republican party screams in the throes of their paranoid delusions. The rest of the world wants us to be inspiring, to reach beyond our grasp, to succeed despite the spasmodic civil and cultural strife that has managed to be resolved peacefully for over one hundred years. They watched us choose a man who is undeniably brilliant, talented, thoughtful and eloquent to be our president - and they weren't just happy for us, or for themselves - they were happy because we validated the hope that a lot of people hold about America and Americans...
... that at the moment when it's really needed, when the rest of the world needs us to step up and prove our capacity for greatness... that we are capable of doing so. Sometimes stunningly, overwhelmingly so.
The best moment of the night was right after it was announced that Obama was declared the winner by MSNBC. I checked my e-mail a few seconds afterwards, and there it was - a text from my boy...
I have never known a more awesome 13-year-old kid in my life. The fact he's my son only makes him more awesome. I may have to buy him some some randomly expensive shit for him tomorrow after I pick him up from school to celebrate his awesomeness.
And now, the slideshows.
The rest of the world
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