Yes we did! What joy, to celebrate with the world.
Onwards and upwards.
I'm so proud of my country, it feels like we've really grown up, out of the selfish teenage years, into young adulthood, where we swear we'll try to be responsible now.
We'll just see, I keep saying to myself cynically. I'm trying hard to remain as expansively optimistic as I felt on Tuesday night. Understand that it is difficult to imagine for someone from my era (first political memories are (McGovern,Watergate, Vietnam) that our government can be radically reformed by one election. An amazing, historic election yes, but still, just one election. This change that so many seem to assume will just "happen" is going to be a hell of a lot of work over the coming years, and under the worst confluence of economic, international and environmental immediate problems that any president or government has ever had to tackle.
But this cynicism arises after several days of smiling, breaking into gushes of happy and relieved tears over and over again as I re-watched Obama's speech and the crowd reactions around the world. Happy dancing is over now, Back To Work! Fingers crossed that most of the people who were roused out of their slumber to actually go vote will stay at least a little bit engaged and aware, that will be the biggest help to making the promise Obama represents a reality we can all enjoy. And the rest of my fingers crossed that those who didn't vote for Obama will get on board and help row with the rest of their fellow citizens, instead of staying back on shore and holding us all back with fear, obstruction, and misinformation.