Thursday, November 6, 2008

President Barack Obama is Elected!

Wow. What an amazing election year it has been. This is something I know I'll remember all my life. When I first saw Barack Obama step out onto that stage, after being announced as the next president, with his wife and two children, I was so moved I couldn't help but cry. This is such a big deal in American history that I can hardly believe it's happened. I think a lot of others feel the same. It must feel amazing as a black person to know the head-honcho in the White House is someone who looks like you and has a family who looks like yours. It's stunning because it truly is an image that we've never seen before, and one that many thought we never would see. I really like that they are a traditional family: Mom, Dad, kids, a dog. I think it is good for our country to see that!

I was also moved as I saw footage of reaction from around the world. The French, English, Indonesians, Africans, and Muslims all are hopeful of the future relationships they can build with the United States. To see them cheering just as much as American citizens made me realize how incredibly priviledged I am to be able to vote for a position that means so much to the rest of the world. That is quite a responsibility.

I wasn't sure who I was going to vote for right up to the very end. I am happy for Barack Obama, but his policies and views are too liberal for me. However, I was never happy with the Republican choice of Sarah Palin as the Vice President. Ever since the day she was announced I've found myself waivering back and forth between parties. I feel that she was chosen simply because she is a woman and she is able to "box check" all of the right boxes for those who perhaps followed Mike Huckabee as religious conservatives.

In the very last moment I voted for Obama. I have concern that if John McCain were to die (being 73 with a history of recurring cancer) that Sarah Palin is not ready to be President. I have much more confidence in the Obama/Biden partnership in that respect. But I did really like John McCain.

Of course I am delighted with the outcome from Proposition 8. That was a stunner as well. I truly was not expecting that outcome living here in such a liberal state. It is believed that the larger number of African American citizens turning out to vote for Obama is what likely boosted YES votes for Prop 8. Reports are showing that in general whites opposed the measure, blacks supported it, and hispanics were basically down the middle. A lot of responses from people who voted for Obama but also voted YES on 8 sounded a lot like "Well if it's not right in the Bible, then it's not right in life."

I also voted Yes on Prop 4 and that didn't pass.

Those were my only three votes. What with Jason throwing away my General Election guide, JJ's cast, Frannie's flu, then Jason's flu, I didn't have time to sit down and educate myself properly on the other measures. I don't believe in blind voting so if I don't know what I'm voting for I skip it. Jason couldn't vote. He was home all day in bed sick with the flu. (Cross your fingers, I'm still fine.)

My Yes on 8 sign is now off my lawn and I'm deciding what to do with it. Part of me is considering folding it up and keeping it as an election momento. For now, I think that's what I'll do!

God Bless America and God Bless Barack Obama as he leads our country.


Sonja said...

It's pretty awesome to think that our kids will grow up where it's normal to have a black president.
I'm just hoping Obama will be able to continue inspiring people.

Jamie said...

Yes me too. You know I realized that this is something that is going to make me sound "old" in the future. Kind of like when you hear your grandparents talk about how when they were kids there was no TV and you look at them like "Egads! How OLD are you anyways?" I just know that one day I'll be telling my grandchildren about the day the first black president was elected and they are going to look at me and think "Yep. Grandma's older'n dirt."