November 5, 2008

America? You Rock!

You did it. You came through. Hell, even Virginia - my home state which hasn't gone blue since 1964 - came through and went blue. Last night was an historic evening. It was epic. It was extraordinary. It was what this country is all about. It proved - in a time in which we desperately needed such proof - that this is the land of opportunity, that change can exist, that the machinery of failed policies, of economic disaster, of being a nation of telling not showing can be abandoned in the hopes of something better. So what is there to do but dance?


Okay, now I've got to tuck in my shirt and throw on a tie. I've got to be in Monkeytown ASAP and I was up late. That's all I got.

Posted by Chris at November 5, 2008 6:30 AM
Comments

*Joining you in that dance*

Posted by: Amber at November 5, 2008 6:41 AM

Make that a worldwide dance! Amazing result.

Posted by: mikkie at November 5, 2008 6:43 AM

Must have been Mia's commercial.

Posted by: Maribeth at November 5, 2008 6:50 AM

I have this vague idea that you might be pleased with last night's results ;) So am I! :D It must've been Mia's video haha!

Posted by: Heather at November 5, 2008 6:59 AM

YES!! Even though my state was red, my city was blue!!

Posted by: Debbie at November 5, 2008 7:06 AM

My sentiments exactly. How strange it was to watch this election from Canadian shores. I am looking forward to being with my American girlfriends tomorrow though. Most of the Canadian population is dancing as well. Seeing Jessie Jackson did it for me. I didn't cry until I saw him. Amazing evening. Have fun (?) in Monkeytown.

Posted by: Christy at November 5, 2008 7:12 AM

I, too, shall dance the Super-Happy Dance with you!!!

Hooray, "Barack-O"!!! (One of my Autistic kids called him that yesterday when he participated in our mock election at my school. Priceless!)

Posted by: ironic1 at November 5, 2008 7:12 AM

I'm so glad my inner pessimist was wrong! I'm doing my own little happy dance, right along with you!

Posted by: michelle at November 5, 2008 7:27 AM

I am 100% with you on this. Thank goodness that this has happened. It gives you a small semblance of faith in humanity as well as our political system.

Posted by: Kate at November 5, 2008 7:34 AM

GOBAMA! I still have a post victory high, though much diluted by lack of sleep. Totally worth it to watch history last night.

Posted by: Shelly at November 5, 2008 7:39 AM

haha! i was about to say the same thing as heather... it must've been mia's video

today has been an awesome day so far :)

Posted by: Denise at November 5, 2008 7:45 AM

I just want you to know, I had to go to bed at like 9 p.m. last night because of having the Monkey Plague. I tried my best to keep my eyeballs open to watch the tv, but it didn't work. Here's where the cool thing comes in. I KNEW that first thing this morning, I could come to your blog and see who won. I didn't even have to read it.

Yeah for America!!!!!!

Posted by: k8 at November 5, 2008 7:47 AM

I just want you to know, I had to go to bed at like 9 p.m. last night because of having the Monkey Plague. I tried my best to keep my eyeballs open to watch the tv, but it didn't work. Here's where the cool thing comes in. I KNEW that first thing this morning, I could come to your blog and see who won. I didn't even have to read it.

Yeah for America!!!!!!

Posted by: k8 at November 5, 2008 7:47 AM

I agree 100%.

Need coffee though. 2 late nights, mon for the game, tues for the election, is killing me.

Posted by: jodifur at November 5, 2008 7:59 AM

I am so proud of America today!

Posted by: Lisa at November 5, 2008 8:00 AM

I can't even begin to describe the feeling I carried with me all day yesterday. Taking my daughters with me to vote, watching the results come in, and thenthis morning, telling my six year old that our new president is Barack Obama and having her pump her fist and say, "YEAH!"

I am so filled with hope and optimism for our future.

(I am also tired. So off to Starbucks I go).

Posted by: sarah at November 5, 2008 8:03 AM

All I can say is don't blame me!

Posted by: Jeff A at November 5, 2008 8:05 AM

YIPPEE! Now let's all get out there and help create that CHANGE!

Posted by: NancyJak at November 5, 2008 8:05 AM

I'm still a bit in disbelief. All I can say is, HELL YEAH!

Posted by: Brad at November 5, 2008 8:12 AM

Yay, so pleased for you guys! And for us, as our respected (or not) leaders tend to like hanging out together.

Posted by: Katherine at November 5, 2008 8:20 AM

joining you in the happy dance over here in chinatown too....schweeeet job america...
xoxo

Posted by: suicide_blond at November 5, 2008 8:24 AM

Man oh man! I went to bed when it was 207 to 85...and I was beyond thrilled when I got up and Florida was blue...then to see the tally at 343 to 175...I got emotional, I won't lie!

It's going to be a great day!

Posted by: Michelle at November 5, 2008 8:25 AM

I have to say I'm a little disappointed. Vancouver looks very nice! :)

But now I'll have to stay, because Hell to the Yeah! People finally came to their senses.

Oh well, I'm sure I would've missed the barbecue anyway.

Posted by: jane at November 5, 2008 8:32 AM

My conventionally red state also went blue! Woo hoo!

Posted by: Claire at November 5, 2008 8:40 AM

Pretty amazing, isn't it? Unfortunately, my state went red, but it was a very close fight, for the first time in a very, very long time.

Posted by: Sandi at November 5, 2008 8:47 AM

Whoo Hoo!

I did the happy dance at about 11pm last night (although I lost a bet with my Mom - I figured the race would be called by 1015 ... I was counting on Virginia and Florida being called earlier than they were).

Still a great day to be an American!

Posted by: melissa at November 5, 2008 8:52 AM

A little ditty from a very crude (but quite funny) puppet-animated movie comes to mind . . .

"America! F*** yeah!"

My super-traditionally red county went blue. The hyper-conservative red county I grew up in went blue. It was friggin' awe-inspiring.

Posted by: kate at November 5, 2008 8:54 AM

Wahoo! I was dancing with you last night, through the fog of cough medicine and being up way too late. Some Canadians are mighty pleased to see this result as well...

Posted by: suze at November 5, 2008 8:55 AM

These are my most favorite photos of all time. :-)

Posted by: Maria at November 5, 2008 9:02 AM

Hee, love the dancing. Is it okay if I'm dancing on the inside?

Posted by: Fraulein N at November 5, 2008 9:16 AM

Welcome to the USSA...

Posted by: Darren at November 5, 2008 9:17 AM

I'm still giddy with excitement!

Posted by: Heather at November 5, 2008 9:26 AM

I am SO doing the jumping dance, spinning, twirling and dancing like a gypsy that I am!

I am so damn excited!!!! I feel HOPE! I am SO glad I took a photo voting! It is HISTORIC! I knew it in my heart! I captured the moment!

Posted by: Gypsy at November 5, 2008 9:43 AM

Jubilation in the streets in Chicago. People cheering up and down the street (and I live in a quiet neighborhood, nowhere near the action in Grant Park). My neighbor gave me an air high five from his window.

Today, I buy a copy of the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times as a keepsake for my baby daughter. She may grow up in a better world than the one we knew.

Posted by: Laura at November 5, 2008 10:02 AM

I'm thrilled about the national election as you heard from me late last night.

California, however, took six giant steps back to the dark ages. That obscenity, Proposition 8, won by 4 points. Now we regroup.

Posted by: Ann Adams at November 5, 2008 10:09 AM

I'm so happy. It was moving, it was exciting and it was just grand.

I was born in Virginia and quite moved to see them turn blue also. I'm elated to see Colorado, my state also turn blue.

My first thought when he won, was Yes he did. I promptly went to CafePress and saw that tons of shirts were already available with that statement.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at November 5, 2008 10:12 AM

His speech totally made me emotional, we did it! Oh yes we did :)

Posted by: kami at November 5, 2008 10:18 AM

Unicorns for all! Free houses!

Huzzah!!

Posted by: Phil at November 5, 2008 10:31 AM

So exciting! Of course, now the real work begins, but what a great moment for America. How cool is it that we were all witness to such an amazing bit of history? Last night I kept thinking about how the last time I saw something historic, one of those "where were you when it happened?" events, it was September 11. I'm so glad I can counter that memory with such a positive one from last night. It feels like things have come full circle and our country is awakening. Anything is possible.

Props to Mia for her commercial - her endorsement of Obama obviously helped turn the tide in VA!

Posted by: erin at November 5, 2008 10:54 AM

Woo-freakin-Hoo!!!

Chris, you were one of the first people I thought of last night when I was listening to Obama's victory speech and couldn't wait to peek in over here and see what your reaction was. You didn't let me down!

Posted by: lu at November 5, 2008 10:55 AM

It was pretty awesome to watch last night. I cried through many parts once it was announced that he was the winner. I am proud of America today for sending a message that it's time for change.

I just KNOW that Mia's commercial was the thing that convinced everyone to get out and vote. After all, how could anyone possibly deny that innocent face?

Posted by: Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer at November 5, 2008 11:01 AM

I read this post and started crying again. And then our faculty member from New Zealand came in just thrilled and swooning over the election.

*dances*

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at November 5, 2008 11:03 AM

WE DO ROCK!

My daughter called me from college at 12:00 AM. She was marching through town, with other kids from her college who voted Obama, shouting his name and singing Yes We Can! It was a good day to be an American.

Posted by: Candy at November 5, 2008 11:28 AM

I'm too exhausted and still teary-eyed to dance (and a bit in shock too, I think). Thanks for dancing on behalf of all of us!

Posted by: Librarian Girl at November 5, 2008 11:32 AM

I'm right there with you. I'm doing the Running Man.

Posted by: Casey at November 5, 2008 11:37 AM

Honestly? Thesse pictures are EXACTLY what I expected to see here today. Made me smile! Here's to moving forward in a positive direction.

Posted by: Annie at November 5, 2008 11:57 AM

Wow, white dudes CAN jump. You should take up hoops, yo.

Posted by: Mr Lady at November 5, 2008 12:23 PM

I'm dancing right along with you this fine morning. My cubemates are looking at me kind of funny... ha, no, I kid. We're ALL dancing this morning, YEAH!

Posted by: Erin at November 5, 2008 12:29 PM

***dancing***

There IS hope for change. My 89 year old grandmother who was raised in very different times voted for Obama and called me to tell me so. I wish his grandmother could have seen it in person and though I am not religious, I like to think she knows.

Posted by: Sue R at November 5, 2008 1:03 PM

so so so so proud to be American today.

(just watched Mia's video. love love love)

Posted by: ali at November 5, 2008 1:36 PM

I am SO disappointed. I voted for Mia and not a single network acknowledged her hard-fought campaign. Also, it was likely my ONLY change at the vice-presidentship. Damn.

Posted by: GreenCanary at November 5, 2008 1:42 PM

You might have been up late, but I bet it was a good night's sleep knowing we've got a brighter future! Sadly, Prop 8 has officially won in CA, so my joy is mixed with sadness too. But my heart is definitely lighter with Obama's win!

Posted by: Teenuh at November 5, 2008 1:52 PM

Isn't it wonderful?! Such a happy day.

Posted by: bad penguin at November 5, 2008 2:00 PM

I want to bitchslap my state for being one of the few red splotches on the map! Luckily, I was able to live vicariously through my second home, New York. (Check out my site, I posted a short but awesome video from Rockefeller Square last night.)

Posted by: krystyn at November 5, 2008 3:00 PM

hey dood!
im really happy for ya. i was holding my breath all night, i'm now slightly brained damaged i believe.

but anyways. i'm sad about the prop 8. it shouldn't be a democracy issue it should be a human rights issue. but anyways. yay Obama!

p.s. Mia's Obama video made me die from the cute a little.

-criRi

Posted by: cri at November 5, 2008 4:25 PM

Time to warm up the Ryder vans and break out the dollies. Let's get GW outta there.

Posted by: DC Urban Dad at November 5, 2008 4:27 PM

I am touched that so many moved away from fear and anger to embrace hope and to find courage. Together my spouse and I spent a few hours weeping while watching the events unfold - we made no apologies about our sobbing and sniffling - because we were able to open our hearts to a new future. We were completely undone by the images of the crowd in Grant Park, and blown away by Obama's timbre and words of purposeful, thoughtful and sober possibilities.

And with that: California, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida - WTF? Get with the program. It's about tolerance and human dignity - capisce?

Posted by: bhd at November 5, 2008 5:06 PM

can't say i'm pleased, but i will say this: here's hoping he lives up to his promises. there are still more than 56 million people who don't have faith in this man. that is a lot of people to convince that American is still a great place to live.

Posted by: tiffanie at November 5, 2008 6:07 PM

Soooooooo happy!
And, can I just say, it was awesome being in Chicago last night.
Wooohoooo!

Posted by: hannita at November 5, 2008 7:50 PM

This picture? Totally made my day. Totally.

Posted by: Jessa at November 5, 2008 8:08 PM

Hell to the yes. Even though my state stayed red (South Carolina...no surprises there), I'm so proud of the states that flipped blue. I stayed up late last night myself, and went to work thumbing my nose at all the Republicans. :)

Posted by: Stephanie at November 5, 2008 8:14 PM

Yep - that's the stuff, exactly what I was doing today!!!! Wooo Hooo!!!!!

Posted by: Mandy Lou at November 5, 2008 11:02 PM

The cynic in me is very worried for racial relations in the US when Obama can't meet all his campaign promises. The US has no room for women in power on the left or right, and poor President-Elect Obama will have to be able to walk on water before many will ever say he is good enough. And if he can't deliver, God help us all...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-civilrights-fears1105,0,537333.story

Posted by: alektra at November 5, 2008 11:14 PM

yeeeeehaaaaw!

Posted by: Sphincter at November 5, 2008 11:21 PM

My sister voted for the first time in 2000 and was devastated. Voted again in 2004 and was disappointed. Having Virginia go blue yesterday finally made up for those two elections. Her text to me after Va went blue: Finally! My vote counted!!

Thank you, Virgina. There is hope.

:D

The only thing that marred this day for me was California passing Proposition 8. That was heartbreaking.

Posted by: pea at November 5, 2008 11:28 PM

Hooray! It's really great. People in Europe are thrilled about it too. It's not only the best for your country, it's what the world needed.

Posted by: Nadine at November 6, 2008 5:48 AM

You wear jeans and a tie to work?

My super conservative state went blue, too. I was so thrilled to hear Dixville Notch (traditionally the first town to vote and it's even in NH!) voted Obama, figured it was a good sign. :)

Posted by: Hannah at November 6, 2008 6:58 AM

I cried like a baby. I am more than thankful and more than relieved. Even though my own home state was red. I swear driving around yesterday felt like a new world. Seriously. Just the applied properties of hope. *sigh*

Posted by: OS at November 6, 2008 6:58 AM

When they announced Florida went blue, I screamed so loud Hoop almost had a heart-attack. Way to go America. I'm actually proud of you.

Posted by: Tink at November 7, 2008 4:21 PM

Those are some awesome jumps right there! I was jumping inside my head, I swear. :)

Posted by: Zandria at November 9, 2008 8:20 PM

It was WHOOT!!! and HELL YES!!! :-)

Posted by: Karen at November 9, 2008 9:41 PM


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