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Last night [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

The rest of the world 2

[User Picture]From: trillian_stars
2008-11-06 01:58 pm (UTC)
That's what got me too -- the fact that it felt so right, so natural. So even though there was cheering in the streets, it didn't feel like it was about an underdog beating the odds. It felt like we're finally living in the right day and age.

And I had the same reaction to the world's response. I was reading Yahoo news yesterday tearing up because FINALLY it looks like we can have a mature relationship with Europe and the rest of the world again -- it feels like waking up after a nightmare and finding that we're not really alone after all. What a bracing relief!

I was amazed to get an email from Obama after McCain's speech, saying that he was about to go out to make his speech, but wanted to thank me and everyone else for making this possible through our support. Incredible campaign and use of modern technology. And as cheesy as it really is, it made me feel comforted and safe.
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[User Picture]From: argent_fish
2008-11-08 05:10 pm (UTC)
I think the word mature fits it perfectly. It's pretty awesome to have a grownup in the White House, especially compared to that moronic frat boy we've had for the past eight years.
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