# Saturday, November 08, 2008

It's been 4 days since the 2008 presidential election. I can barely keep up with all that has been written about it, but before I got too caught up in it and lost my voice (and thus my own thoughts) I wanted to take a moment to reflect just a little. About the only expression I can use for what I felt on Tuesday is to call it a "holy moment". I'm borrowing that expression from my hubby Scott, who got it (I believe) from Oprah 3 years ago or something. To watch those returns coming in (in what was my 1st time voting for the president of any country) was...profound. Moving. Surreal. When I left Zimbabwe I was too young to vote, and after all my years here this was the 1st presidential election for which I was eligible to vote. It really was a blessed moment.

In the day or 2 leading up to November 4th I was anxious. In truth I must admit that all that talk of the Bradley Effect had me concerned. And the McCain-Palin team wasn't going down quietly. But ultimately, Obama did it! Thanks to millions of us out there he defied the odds and is heading to the White House. Unbelievable. I could have wept when they called the election for him. And what grace! What dignity! His acceptance speech was phenomenal. And, I have to say, McCain's concession speech was pretty good, too. I didn't like the way he played his game, but I must give him credit for ending his run for presidency in such a classy way.


I don't know if some non-minorities will really get what Tuesday night meant. It wasn't just about electing Obama, it was everything else the act represents. For every black child out there that looked at American history books and saw only white presidents, from now on they will see someone who looks like them. For every parent that told their child to dream big, while secretly believing that the White House was not an option, today they can tell their kid anything is possible and really mean it. Truly a holy moment. The only other time I was so emotional was when I watched Nelson Mandela walking out of Robben Island. Not to be too flowery, but it did feel as if angels on high were trumpeting!

And now the real work begins. Now that the euphoria is beginning to fade, the questions come. We're beside ourselves with joy, but seriously, where does Obama begin? He's inheriting a flawed economy, 2 exhausting wars, not much of a foreign policy to speak of...how does one fix so much? But, like many out there, I am hopeful that our trust in him is deserved. Many a politician has promised heaven and earth to people when he was running for office, only to forget the promises later. But our faith in Obama is strong. Yes, the road is long and hard, but we still believe. What a privilege to have had this, of all presidential elections, be my 1st "real" presidential voting experience!

Mo votes

Saturday, November 08, 2008 9:37:47 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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