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
- Yes we did!!!!!!!!!!
- He kicked ass
Here is his acceptance speech in case you haven’t seen it:
We were the Ones we HAD been waiting for….