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Obama Just Won the Election ...

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Obama Just Won the Election ...

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There isn't a whole lot to say beyond that. I am ... wow. What an amazing night. What a stressful night! Watching Presidential election results come in should count as aerobic exercise!

I am so happy and proud and everything else right now. I've forgotten what it is to be excited about the future, but I am. The last eight years have made me question a lot about my national identity that hasn't been comfortable or fun and I'm hoping that I no longer need to cringe when introducing myself as an American.

What a great night. Yes, I am for once without much more to say beyond that. :)
  • I am stunned and delighted! WOO! HOO! (as my neighbor just yelled!)
  • Squee! I told myself I wasn't going to look at any election news until tomorrow morning (remembering how much fun 2004 was :P), but I couldn't resist and just about fainted when I saw Obama's number go past 270. :D
    • I know! I was completely prepared to go to bed with most of the battleground states "too close to call" and not sleeping well and waking up to a snafu ... When the commentators said that they were coming back with updates at 11, I figured that vote counts were in for one of the battleground states. When they put a notice up that Obama had been elected 44th President of the U.S., Bobby and I both stared at it for about five seconds without saying anything. I kept waiting for it to go away with an, "Oooops, that was a technical difficulty ..." but it didn't go away. It took a moment for the news to sink in, since I was not expecting anything like it so early.

      2000 will always be my nightmare election. I remember sitting in Bobby's room--we still lived with our parents--watching each state come in and celebrating when Gore won Florida and so "won" ... then it was retracted. I remember watching all that like it was yesterday. I'm glad my third Presidential election turned out better than my first and second! :)
  • I KNOW!!!!

    And he was so crazy gracious!
  • Hooray!

    Congratulations!

    ...from a very very very relieved European...
  • Wooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooo! Congrats! :D
  • There may still be some cringing. Obama is a laughing stock in Britain.
  • Watching Presidential election results come in should count as aerobic exercise!

    That's why we went to bed ;) I am glad that a fresh wind is coming!
    • I don't blame you! You would have been up till 5 a.m. since the announcement was made at 11 p.m. EST! I would have been asleep by this point if I wasn't being carried on adrenaline and hot chocolate. ;)
  • I'm so proud of our country right now. :)
    • I so totally agree with you. I began Bush's reign ashamed of him (and the f*ckup that put him in office) and the people that were following him and, over time, slowly began to grow ashamed of my own identity as an American. I wondered sometimes if I really fit in the culture of my own country, particularly when--early in the general election--McCain and Obama were so close in the polls. I wondered what it took for people to get over the hate and fear that turns so many voters to Republicans ... and wondered if they could.

      I also worried that we would see another Florida in 2000 or Ohio in 2004, where voters' voices weren't being heard. I didn't think that I could be part of a country that continually, at that point, elected presidents through dishonest and unscrupulous means.

      But ... Obama not only won but won by a huge margin, enough that I feel, for the first time in a long while, that I share many of the same values as my countryfolk.

      (I know, this was a ginormous reply to your relatively short comment, but your comment sums up how I feel so well that I had to write a novella explaining why. ;)
  • Congratulations! It's crazy how many Canadians over here are happy about this too. ;D
    • Yes, I've been awed at how many non-US friends reply to my LJ posts or tell me in emails how excited people in their country are about Obama. I do feel rather sorry that our election coverage is foisted on everyone else ... but I'm heartened that Obama has the support of so many people around the world. It's been a while since our president had that ... it's a good feeling. :)
  • Congratulations!
  • It's not even my country, and I am ecstatic (for all my wise words about not being starry-eyed, etc). *hugs* Go you.

  • That's just so very cool. I've watched a lot of documentations on the elections in the last few weeks/days and even though there seemed to be an obvious tendency towards a democratic vote in a lot of states I couldn't really believe in Obama winning until it really happened. And such a clear vote, too - more than two thirds! Woohoo. :)

    ... and then he's rather attractive, too...

    P.S. (totally OT!): I know it's been some time since you sent it, but thanks for the pretty postcard from the UK! Incidentally, not only did I come to your mind when you were visiting Gothic churches, I also had to think of you every time I saw a pretty illumination in the museums of Florence (which I still will have to do a post about...). :-D
    • I couldn't really believe in Obama winning until it really happened.

      That was me too! Bobby can tell you that I have been a nervous wreck for weeks. I was anxious all day yesterday. I kept feeling like something would happen that would keep Obama from the presidency ...

      So now Bobby gets to gloat that he was right and I was wrong in my anxiety. Let him gloat! ;)

      ... and then he's rather attractive, too...

      Lol, yes he is! He is the first presidential candidate in my history as a voter who doesn't have some goofy mannerism or facial feature that bugs me. (Biden's teeth, McCain's "wind-tunnel face," Palin's ... everything.)

      You're welcome about the postcard! :D As for illuminations ... *envies* I've only seen a couple in person, at the Met this summer, though they were very shiiiiiny ... ;)
  • Great! We're all very happy for you (and relieved). Congratulations
  • THANK GOODNESS!!!! I was honestly worried, even though headlines and stuff said Obama was favored. I just couldn't quite believe it - it seemed to good to be true. But he did win! :D

    I didn't find out until this morning. As my friend said, it was kind of like Christmas - you have to go to bed to make it come and hope you get a nice present! ;)

    Even my Dutch roommate said she'd have cried if McCain had won.
    • Hear hear! I was terribly worried as well; Bobby can attest to how uncharacteristically gloomy and anxious (characteristic, though for a different reason ;) I've been over the past few weeks. Months.

      I love your Christmas analogy! But you're, what, six timezones ahead of me right now? The result came in (most unexpectedly!) at 11 p.m. EST. That's 5 a.m. your time? Now if you were like Bobby was as a kid on Christmas, you would have been up and bothering your parents by then ... ;)

      I'm glad I got to stay up for it. I would not have slept otherwise, and I was worried that it would be so close that it would take all night to get the battleground results in. And, hey, your second-home state went Dem for a change! :D
  • I'm not surprised that Obama won - he seems like a decent chap, on the whole. So did Tony Blair, to start with, of course, but there's no reason to think that Obama won't really be what he seems, I suppose. I'm just surprised that so many people voted for McCain and Palin, and for Bush in '04 and '08. What do people see in them?
    • You've asked the million-dollar question, I think. :) My personal theory: I think that it comes down a lot of times to religion. I can see, based on the Republican party's platforms, three major groups of people who would vote for them:

      • Classical conservatives who believe in the party's traditional advocacy of fiscal conservatism, personal responsibility and liberty, and states' rights.

      • Rich people or owners of large corporations who like the tax breaks that the Republican party tends to grant, which largely favor them, and the Republican party's belief in deregulation.

      • "Moral" voters who are drawn to the Republican party's embrace of issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, abstinence-only sex ed, teaching creationism in schools, and so on.


      Bush really drew on the third group. He was a born-again Christian and an evangelical; he was vocal against abortion and stem-cell research and other issues that draw the 20-33% of Americans who identify as evangelical to that party. I have seen compelling arguments made for the fact that evangelical voters tipped both the 2000 and 2004 elections in Bush's favor.

      McCain the "maverick" had never pandered to the religious right before it behooved him, as the Republican nominee, to do so. Even so, it felt hollow, like pandering. I personally think that Palin's appointment as the VP candidate was in part to address the party's fear that the evangelical voters who won Bush two elections would stay home for McCain or turn to third-party candidates.

      I think the Palin pick backfired, though, because while Bush had connections to the intellectual conservatives and big business through his family (so the first two groups of Republicans were comfortable voting for him, despite his wonky religious views), Palin spat in the faces of both of those groups, especially the "intellectuals," many of whom were beginning to sour on the Republicans anyway, since the party has advocated the exact opposite of fiscal conservatism, personal liberty and responsibility, and states' rights.

      Unfortunately, there is a large bloc of people in this country who bitterly despise intellect and who, therefore, embraced mush-mouthed imbeciles like Bush and Palin for being "just like them." Palin spent much of her campaign running on the premise that she represented the "heartland" (despite being from Alaska ... but we already knew she was geographically challenged) and an "outsider" who didn't need things like foreign travel to qualify her as a candidate (and the nerve of anyone to challenge her on that! Stuck-up liberal intellectuals!) I think that because these voters' core values are based on irrationality, then candidates like Obama and even McCain who are largely defined by their intellect and rationality don't appeal to them.

      That's my very unqualified and simplified take on things. :)
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