One last post about the election…

I know we’re all sick to death about the election.  Even those of us whose guy won last night.  Maybe ESPECIALLY those of us whose guy won last night (wasn’t yesterday completely nerve-wracking??).  I am so completely glad that I can watch television without fear of seeing ANOTHER election ad.  No more will I open my mailbox to be bombarded with postcards and mailers promoting or bashing a candidate.  That’s just awesome right there.

But before let this historic (and make no mistake, this election was completely and utterly historic) election fade into history and get on with important topics such as “When Will Evie Sleep In Her Crib?” and “Liam Is Single-Handedly Threatening My Sanity” and “When Will I Be Able To Take Thyroid Meds Again?”, I have a few last things to say about it all.

There are a lot of posts out there today about the election and the results last night.  Most of them, so far, are effusive in their joy and hope.  But there are some that are less so and these are by the people who were not Obama supporters.  One refrain I’ve heard a lot of in the last 12 hours is, “I’m just so worried about the future of our country right now!  What have we done?”  To that I say: “Now you know how I’ve felt the last 8 years.”  I have very, very little sympathy for the people who are wringing their hands and furrowing their brows this morning.  Because they had very, very little sympathy for me when Bush won both elections.  That may be small and petty of me, but it’s the truth.

I’ve spent 8 years being worried (and I think history has shown that I had a right to feel worried) about our country.  And now I see HOPE on the horizon.  So I’m going to embrace that hope.  Feel free to revel in your cynacism, your doubt, your discouragement… Nothing I can say will help you feel better anyhow, I imagine.  But think for a minute that if you just let go of that worry that maybe it would be easier to move forward.  I had to do that with both elections.  You could say I’m well practiced at it.

And don’t get me wrong.  I don’t think Obama has all the answers.  He is just ONE man.  And the problems facing our country are HUGE right now.  Surely, he’ll make mistakes.  And I fully expect to call him out on those mistakes.  ALL presidents make mistakes.  (Just turns out, some make more than others.)  (*cough*BUSH*cough*)  He’s not PERFECT.  But I do believe he has the ability to help us move forward.  I believe in him and I believe in our country.  THAT is what this election was about and THAT is why I voted for Obama.

The work is just starting.  And for the first time in a LONG time, I feel like we can do it.  We have a chance.  And just for today, I want to feel happy about the status of the world out there.  Don’t rain on my parade, mmkay?  I’ve waited a long time for this.

  • Kristin

    Delurking to say, very well said! We have needed a change for a very long time and now the change is finally happening. I have have felt dread the last two elections when Bush was elected and then reelected. I finally breathed a sigh of relief last night.

  • SparklieSunShine

    I totally agree with you. It has been a long 8 years of worry and today I get to take a sigh of relief.

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  • Valerie

    “To that I say: “Now you know how I’ve felt the last 8 years.”

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This exact thought has been going through my head all day. For most, if not all the same reasons.

  • carol at A Second Cup

    Well the Democratic Party controls it all. I hope there is as much rejoicing 4 years from now as there is today. Personally I think Mr Bush has been a disaster and I voted for him….sigh

    Good luck Pres. Obama. My prayers are with you!

    carol at A Second Cups last blog post..Thank you to the Top 10 E-Card Droppers for October.

  • Michelle

    For the record, it’s not that I have NO hope. I just don’t have as much as it seems every one else has. Like you said, Marilyn, Obama is just ONE man. And he has a mighty large pile of crap to shovel through. I guess my worry for the country, and my disillusionment in the system, are outweighing the hope.

  • Minxy Mimi

    You could be speaking for me here. I agree whole heartedly. I feel like if the show were on the toher foot, we would be told to “suck it up” “deal with it” and we all know people would be gloating. I see this huge effort by non-supporters to try to bring Obama supporters down… but saying we will be 1. bombed 2. Terrorists love this because Obama is soft 3. We will be taxed and taxed and taxed…ect
    Please allow us even 24 HOURS to rejoice before you start pulling us down. Its sad that this is happening.

  • Ashley

    I was and still am a fervent McCain supporter, but like he said, I’m first and foremost and American who will support the elected official that this country chose – in overwhelming majority. I haven’t had a day of poor me’s or seen any other pro-McCain citizen jumping to conclusions about the impending Armeggedon…give us a little credit. Our guy didn’t win, but we accept President Obama and pray for him to have a discerning mind to lead this great nation.

  • Moon HalloranLeady

    Oh I could not BE more excited!!!! Yes, we have a lot of work in front of us and it will take time.

    But I have HOPE! And I just cannot stop smiling!!!!

  • Becky Williams

    I loved “Now you know how I’ve felt the last 8 years.”

    I’m not gloating, just so, so happy!

    Yay, America!

  • KARA!

    “To that I say: “Now you know how I’ve felt the last 8 years.” ”
    Very well said! I couldn’t agree more!

    KARA!s last blog post..The One Where Obama Wins

  • Michelle

    And again for the record, my worry for my country, and my dissillusionment have nothing to do with Obama being Presdient Elect. I would be feeling this way if McCain had won. I’ve never NOT been proud of this country. Yes, we’ve made some mistakes and I’ve had some moments of “you have GOT to be joking”. But I couldn’t be married to someone in the military and live with the constant threat of him being sent somewhere he might not come back from if I weren’t proud of this country. I think it is very important that we all stand behind our president, who ever he is. And I hope that’s something this country can manage to do for the next four years. Unlike the last 8. (Not pointing fingers, just saying hope the next 4 years are different)

  • Sabrina

    You’re right, there are huge challenges ahead of us. But like you, I too believe that for the first time in a long time, we have a chance:) So grateful to see this day:)

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