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Yes we DID!!!

Posted by ep on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 12:59
This news item was posted in News, Politics category and has 5 Comments so far.

I voted for Gore in 2000 because I liked the idea of a Republican congress and a Democratic President having to work together. I voted for Kerry in 2004 because he was running against George Bush. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama, because he is MY candidate.

For the first time I stumped for a candidate, some would say relentlessly. I donated seven different times to his campaign. I started a blog as a platform to help explain why I knew this was the person we needed to elect. I was invested in his campaign, he is MY candidate.

I was prepared to discuss his economics, I was prepared to discuss his foreign policy, I was prepared to discuss his character, I was prepared to discuss almost every reason why he should be elected. I hadn’t spent much time thinking about how I would feel if we won.

The moment didn’t hit me fully until his speech, and my brain still hasn’t fully embraced it as our new reality. Surreal, awesome, invigorating, overwhelming, all can be used to describe what I felt but perhaps none more so than pride.  Proud that boys and girls around the world can see that in America there is no ceiling on their potential because of their skin color, because they came from meager means, because they don’t have family connections none of this matters.  As long as they are smart enough and determined enough.

I was proud of how this was accomplished.  That an unprecedented number of people donated time and money to work to realize the change they wanted to see. From people that put off law school a year to work for the campaign to CEO’s making calls for Obama during their lunch breaks (both of those are stories from people I know personally).  We proved that in America, you can have the change you seek if you are willing to work for it.

Here are some of the texts I received as the results came in:

- This is surreal
- I’m so excited! I have my Obama shirt on.
- Damn Right!
- I am in blissful shock. Congratulations to you and these here United States.
- I am so proud right now. It’s a good feeling and about time.
- Congratulations!!! I am so happy
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Yes we did!!!!!!!!!!
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He kicked ass

Here is his acceptance speech in case you haven’t seen it:

We were the Ones we HAD been waiting for….

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5 Responses to “Yes we DID!!!”

  1. 5 November, 2008, 16:47

    Thanks for the comment Ep, and yes, great post by you, too..

    Yeah, that feeling, when I missed the announcement, and came back to CNN, I think I had brain-freeze for a minute, then the tears started flowing, and the happy-but-shocked feeling. I have lived in the US about as long as we had that shitty Republican government, and I’m sick of it. It will be so nice to live here with Obama as President. I might even take citizenship now. I feel prouder, and my friends won’t be laughing at me for moving here.. ;-)

  2. 5 November, 2008, 16:55

    seriously, i thought i was dreaming last night. it seemed very surreal. glad to see that the system still works and that finally someone came along and lit a fire under the masses and got them motivated to vote, to participate in the process, get involved in making things better.

    no doubt the rest of the world will like us a little more too.

  3. Finally!!!
    5 November, 2008, 20:35

    I really hear what you are saying…I voted for Clinton, Gore, and Kerry but watching the results last night was a very different experience. Before I watched all the debates, and stayed glued to the TV while the results were tallied. But this year I couldn’t stomach watching the debates, I tuned out of the election results after McCain opened with an 8 to 3 lead, I paced and paced, couldn’t each yesterday, and finally let out a long loud scream around 11:00 eastern time last night!

    I feel really proud that this country was able to see through the usual fear tactics of the Republican Machine and put this country on a different track. Now the really hard begins!!

  4. Ken
    6 November, 2008, 10:52

    EP, that was a great comment you made and it really convinced me that he was your candidate because you were prepared to tell the world every aspect of why you believed in him. That guy really is an awesome dude and right down to the end, I still had a hard time undstanding why anyone would vote for McCain because Obama is all about what the country needs at the moment. I didn’t vote for him because he’s black, I voted for him because he stands for what America needs at this critical point and time. I could write a book on why I agree with you and I can get long winded, therefore I’ll just end by saying, “We Did It”.

  5. 6 November, 2008, 10:52

    I’m proud too, for both America and Obama. I know he’ll have the support of the people as this was purely a people driven campaign.

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