A New Day

Alli was surprised that I hadn’t posted anything about the election so here it is:

I’m giving President Elect Obama the benefit of the doubt. I hope he’s true to his word about being everyone’s president. I’ll support him and express my opinion when I disagree. I’m hopeful that he can have a positive impact on our country. He has a lot of strengths and positive characteristics…I really think he can be a uniter.

I was disappointed but not surprised that McCain lost (that’s who I begrudgingly voted for). I hope people have learned that you can’t elect a candidate you think others will vote for. You have to have a nominee you personally believe in and will stand up for. I’m even more disappointed in the McCain’s (staff’s) disparaging remarks about Sarah Palin. Throwing the running mate (that he chose) under the bus only makes him look more pathetic.

I listened to several interviews and I was surprised by some people’s reactions. One woman said “I never thought this day would come, I won’t have to worry about my car payment, my mortgage, if I support him, he’ll take care of me.” I’m kind of looking forward to the reaction of these people when they realize he simply can’t deliver that.

I think it’ll be fun to see little kids in the White House.

I listened to several people who were so relieved and gratified to have an African American President. Throughout the campaign I’ve been annoyed by all references to race but when I listened to these ladies I realized I may be naive. One woman was relieved that an African American man would live in the White House that was built by slaves. She said she thinks of those slaves everyday when she passes by. Really? You think of slavery everyday? Another woman said that “all of that” (slavery) is forgiven with the election of Obama. I don’t know what it’s like to think of your ancestors in that position. I don’t know what it’s like to feel oppressed because of injustices incurred years ago. However, it sounds like there are people who do know what that feels like even today and that makes me sad. If Obama becoming president really does heal that hurt and recompense that wrong, then I’ll happily endure an Obama Presidency for the well-being of those Americans. There was a famous compromise years ago to enable our country to survive by allowing slavery to continue. I’ll happily make a compromise today if it will finally end that slavery.

I was relieved to find that Prop 8 had passed in CA. I’m grateful to all of the people who worked hard to see that it passed. What a blessing to know that there are so many courageous people who are willing to stand up for traditional marriage during a time when it is increasingly harder to do so. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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