i can breathe. really. sounds dramatic, i know. but after i heard the announcement, i took a deep breath. was this really happening? could it be possible?
is this what hope feels like?
when obama first started campaigning, i read reviews of his speeches, and the general consensus was that he was a very good speaker....almost too good. people were afraid that the public would listen to his speeches and be swayed by his way with words alone, and not actually listen to what he was saying.
so i didn't listen to him speak. i read press releases, articles, soundbites, and looked at his website. i watched the last presidential debate. i did not listen to him speak because i didn't want my decision to be swayed by pretty words.
i decided, i voted. i am a libertarian, and i voted for obama.
and i listened to his speech last night...and cried. i do believe over the past 8 years i have honestly forgotten what hope feels like. and last night, i felt it return. i was able to breathe a sigh of relief. i looked at my sleeping children and for the first time in the 5 years i've been a parent, i actually thought 'we're going to be okay'.
the international response has been encouraging, as well. i think we may just get through this, after all.
not to mention the enormity of it all. our nation's first black president. i am actually proud of my country today, for the first time in years. could it be we are finally moving forward and starting to reject our previous backwards way of thinking? one can hope....
for those who supported him to begin with, today is a day to celebrate. for those of you who are not obama supporters....i hope you can set aside any disappointment or anger you may be feeling, and simply sit back and give this new situation a chance. you may be surprised. and if you find you just aren't happy, can't tolerate it, whatever, well.....you'll have another chance in 4 years. :)