Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We Did It!

I woke up in Dubai this morning to the sounds of cheers from halfway around the world. My mom had the TV on, and Barack Obama had just been announced America's next president.

I don't know what to say, really. I've been pretty mellowed-out this election, afraid (along with millions of others) that what happened in 2000 with Bush could happen again. But it didn't. Ladies and gentlemen, we are finally in the White House.

Now, I know that Obama is no saint. But, to quote Jamilah King,
The election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States is an absurdly exciting historical moment. I can't get over the fact that for the first time in my life, I can actually be proud to call someone my president.

I know that the Democratic Party may not be as progressive as a third alternative like the Green Party, but having Obama in the White House amounts to light years of progress from the Bush Era. As Obama was giving his acceptance speech, all the people cheering and crying in the crowd showed that America felt the same way.

Okay, so we won. But now the real work begins. America, we can't forget that change takes time, and Obama is only one man. Change will not happen overnight, and there will be resistance by those who benefit from the current system. We've got a lot of work ahead of us. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get going.

But for now, we celebrate. Check out Obama's victory speech here.

Yes we can!

1 comment:

Nicholas Karavatos said...

I set my alarm to 5am to watch the returns. I woke up before that.

I was pleased as they came in, but when he was announced the winner...yes...I cried like boy.

People spontaneously poured into the streets. Did you see that? People even converged on the White House! In your face, George.

349 to 159 (and counting) is an indisputable mandate.

Finally, the nightmare has ended. Let the dream begin.