- A Historical Election - We can all tell our grandkids we were there!
- November 5th, 2008
I doubt there's anyone in this nation, or perhaps even in the world that doesn't recognize that last night's election was major milestone in US history. Regardless of if you believe in his politics, you have to acknowledge what happened: A black man was elected president of the united states. I was glad to be alive and a part of that historic event.
The evening went like this: Do shopping on the way home. Get home, turn on the tv to watch the less-than-1%-reporting forecasts. (someday, a statistician will have to explain to me the details of how they can officially "call" a state with such low levels of data. project, fine. call? i'd like more evidence) Max cooked up some burgers for us while we watched the presidential and all the MO races/amendments/props numbers grow on the screen. We took a break and watched Sunday's Family Guy only to return to seeing Obama with 140 to McCains 40. Had some drinks, kept watching ... kept checking our phones as Twitter was all a-flutter. When Ohio was called, it was definitely over. When California was called it was officially over.
She went to bed and I tried to play socom, but had to do a PS3 update, so while that was going, I watched McCain's concession speech (a very nice speech, btw, i thought). Then I waited for Obama's speech, but it was taking for-freaking-ever, and the couch had sucked me into it's grasp. I actually fell asleep during his speech. :( I expect it was everything we'd all expect, a respectful commentary on McCain, and more praise/preaching for hope and change he'll be bringing. I do remember hearing his say one thing that I think a lot of people aren't understanding. "It won't be done in a year, or even a single presidential term." ... The change he wants to bring isn't just going to "appear" on January 21st (the day after he's sworn). That also means, for all the anti-bamas, that the world will not end on that day either.
For the country, I'm proud to be a part of a movement that broke some long hidden race-barriers. For some individual states (*ahem, CA), I'm sad and embarrassed by their decisions to ban gay marriage. Seriously, CA banned it. Half of that state is gay and it was banned. I will never understand that one. I wonder if it will hold, if there's ever a federal proposition to legalize it? Doubtful.
Now, what's done is done, lets get back to watching Bush for the next two months - and lets see just what Obama is going to be able to do. I doubt he'll be able to do half of what he wants, offered and promised during the election. Some of that is good, some of that is bad. We shall see.
Oh, did anyone see the Hologram interviews on CNN???