As I write this, I’m watching McCain give what sounds like a concession speech. For once in that man’s campaign, I think this was the best freakin’ speech he had ever given. Not because Obama won, but because I honestly hear the sincerity in his voice. It’s like a regret that he ran his campaign the way he did. I could easily be wrong or in denial. To Senator McCain, I offer this: “Thanks for showing me the guy who I liked so long ago and not the one I thought was smoking crack between speeches.”
As for President Obama…mmmm mmmm mmmm. How sweet it is.
Every time I thought about you becoming the next President of the United States, I couldn’t help think of the stories my grandmother passed down to us kids about the humiliation she suffered at the hands of the Jim Crow Laws. Many times, she had to shut her mouth as a little girl or run from the racist bastards who threatened to do horrible things to her because of the color of her skin. It hurts me to hear those stories, but I know I have to. I want to know where my grandmother came from. I want to understand her struggles. Why? Because it makes me appreciate the life I have now even more. I can’t tell you how much your win means to my grandmother, considering where she came from. Though we live hundreds of miles apart, I wouldn’t be surprised if she woke up with tears in her eyes and a huge smile on her face. This is an election I never thought I’d live to see, so I can’t imagine what she’s thinking.
Let’s face it folks. There’s no way on earth anyone can deny this is the most historic presidental race ever. But what makes this so amazing is it took black people, white people, Hispanic people, old people, young people. PEOPLE. It took EVERYONE to see this historic day. Not just one race. It took a United States of America to do what we did. At this rate, we can achieve anything.
President Obama, I congratulate you. You have rewritten history and I’ve got my fingers crossed the next four years will be better than the last ones. While I don’t expect you to do everything you promised, the fact that you’re going to fight tooth and nail to make it happen is good enough for me. You’ve got a tough economic year ahead of you because someone just gave you a jacked up Yugo that you have to remodel into a sparkling BMW. But you don’t need me to tell you that. You’ve been listening to it for months now. Just do ALL of us proud. Treat us Main Street folks right.
I can’t wait to see pictures of your beautiful daughters running through the yard of the White House and the lovely First Lady at your side. That’s when I’ll know this is real.
This is history, baby!! Hot damn! I can’t believe I’m a part of it. I can’t believe I participated in it. You bet my children will know not only about my grandmother’s struggles, but they’ll know about this amazing time in my history, too. 😉
Okay, I think I need to end this now. There are so many tears of joy in my eyes that I can hardly read what I’m writing anymore. 🙂
*UPDATE* In case you’re wondering, as it stands, Obama is ahead here in North Carolina by 12,000 votes. My guess as to why it’s not being called yet is because of the provisional and absentee ballots. Keep in mind NC hasn’t gone Democrat since Carter. Believe me when I say every vote counts.