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November 5, 2008

President Obama–the audacity to hope?

Filed under: American culture,New Broads,patriotism,politics,Voting — by maggiec @ 12:30 am

Wow.  It happened.  Didn’t think it would.  I’m thrilled.  I’m shocked.  I’m not going to believe it till I hear the concession speech.

Hope.  I really, really want to feel hope.  I am sitting here tonight remembering the election of ’92 when Clinton was elected.  Flash forward to January ’93, watching the inauguration.  I was so full of hope.  That hope too quickly turned to disappointment.  I’m afraid to feel either emotion again.

President Obama–how good that sounds–President Obama is my age.  My generation has come of age.  A man who is my age is now going to be leader of a very powerful country.  I know full well what it was like to be a child in the sixties.  It was scary sometimes–things were changing fast and people didn’t understand what was happening all of the time.  The war in Vietnam kept going and going, and the death tolls were on the nightly news.  At eight and nine, this was sometimes hard to understand.  The picture of the little girl on fire, the man being executed by a soldier.  I still remember seeing them for the first time, and sometimes I really worried about things.  My friend and I would talk about what we would do if we heard “The Bomb” was coming.  The good little Catholic girls that we were, we decided that the best place to run was Our Lady of the Lake Church.  If we were going to die, we should spend our last minutes praying to Our Lady.

Not just idle memories.  I was an Irish-Catholic girl living in the New York City suburbs.  I wasn’t a mixed race kid of a single mother.  My dad died when I was 11, and I always felt different because of it.  I was one of the few kids of a single mom back then, and my mom was a widow.  Today’s kids are unfortunately more used to single parent homes than we were.  Obama’s experience of the 60s must have been so different from mine.  But I know, deep in my heart, I still very pathetically believe that all of the change we longed for in the 60s, when I was an impressionable kid, could still happen.  I like to think I’m cynical or at least realistic, but it’s not true.  I’m the same idealist I was when I was seven and eight.

I think President Obama and I, for all our differences growing up, share an idealism.  So yes, I guess that is a little hope bubbling up inside of me.  It’s scary–but a good scary.  Change is always a little frightening, but at this point, change is what we need.

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Just listened to the victory speech.  Amazing.  We do sound alike.  It’s hard to write just at this moment because I’m sobbing.  Happy tears, definitely.  The democracy that I believe in with all my heart worked.  The good about my country that I so desperately wanted to believe in, that I need to believe in, has been justified.

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3 Comments »

  1. Welcome home, sweetie! *hugs*
    I cried, too.

    Comment by Emily — November 5, 2008 @ 12:52 am |Reply

  2. Amazing, isn’t it?

    Comment by maggiec — November 5, 2008 @ 12:53 am |Reply

  3. It’s truly awesome. Let’s celebrate!

    Comment by Stacey — November 5, 2008 @ 1:33 pm |Reply


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