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I wonder how long it's going to take for it to really sink in that we just elected a mixed-race, dark-skinned man with an African name, Muslim father, teenage mother, lower-middle-class background, sharp intellect, and liberal voting record to be our next president. That America is a place where that can really truly happen, that the election wasn't stolen from us, that bigotry and short-sightedness didn't win. Last night I thought maybe I was just too tired for the fact to really register. But today I can't shake the feeling that I need to re-check the news every couple hours, like if I stop paying attention for too long somehow reality will shift, and McCain will be headed for the White House instead of Obama, his gorgeous family, and their new puppy.

(Speaking of which, maybe I'm a total sap, but I love the fact that he promised his daughters a puppy in his victory speech. If there was a way for me to become even more enamored of the man, that was probably it.)

D and I were musing on the drive home last night about who we'd like to see in Obama's cabinet. I can't help wondering if Colin Powell will be in there somewhere. I know he's a Republican, but he's a smart, moderate, non-evil Republican, and he did endorse Obama for president. I also have this fantasy where Al Gore becomes the director of the EPA. I'll be really curious to see who does get named to administration posts. I'm also unutterably relieved that Obama's going to select the next few Supreme Court justices. The man was a constitutional law professor; he's going to do a good job with that. Hallelujah.

I know everything won't get better all at once. I'm not expecting angels to sing and life to be suddenly rosy when Obama takes office. The country is in a deep, deep hole, and it's going to take a long time to climb out of it. But for the first time in a long while, I believe we're headed upward instead of deeper down. That's a good feeling. (Or it will be, once I fully wrap my head around it.)

Date: 2008-11-05 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
I'm feeling some of the same kind of disbelief. I think I've been in a state of clenched, defensive denial about this country for so long that my emotional and spiritual muscles have forgotten how to let go. It's going to take a while for this to really sink in, I think.

And oh, man, yes, the thing with the puppy just breaks me, every time I think about it. \o/

Date: 2008-11-06 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
I've been in a state of clenched, defensive denial about this country for so long that my emotional and spiritual muscles have forgotten how to let go.

Yes, exactly. It's going to take a while to relax into the new reality.

Date: 2008-11-06 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samtheeagle.livejournal.com
(Speaking of which, maybe I'm a total sap, but I love the fact that he promised his daughters a puppy in his victory speech. If there was a way for me to become even more enamored of the man, that was probably it.)

And oh, man, yes, the thing with the puppy just breaks me, every time I think about it. \o/

I heard something else: the president and first family must have a pet in the White House, but Obama will not be seen to do things just for sake of image.

Date: 2008-11-05 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] norwich36.livejournal.com
I had exactly the same reaction to the puppy!!!!

I'm not still in a state of disbelief, though; I'm reserving that for some of the hateful and/or boneheaded propositions my state managed to pass last night. (Though I will say, as I was watching Obama speak last night, that I was *really* hoping that the Secret Service was at the top of their game. I can believe we elected him, but now I'm paranoid that someone is going to assassinate him. It must be the Kennedy parallels, in my mind.)

Date: 2008-11-05 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bop-radar.livejournal.com
*secretly shares paranoia*

Date: 2008-11-06 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
The anti-gay-marriage amendments were the only real dark spots in an otherwise bright evening. Which is not to lessen their importance in any way. I do believe that within the next decade, gay marriage will gain much firmer traction in the country as a whole -- the fact that most young people support it, while most people over 60 are against it, certainly points in that direction -- but the individual defeats, when they come, are still crushing.

And I've had moments of similar paranoia regarding Obama, but I try not to think that way. Yet of course I *do* think about it -- this morning I wondered about it, and reassured myself with the thought that with Biden as VP-elect and Dems controlling Congress, assassinating Obama would still not alter the course of change we've embarked on, so maybe any would-be assassins will decide it's a pointless act and not worth their trouble.

Date: 2008-11-05 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ltlbird.livejournal.com
I had a mixed reaction to the puppy thing at first. I thought it was funny, but at the same time disliked the idea of Obama bribing his kids to get them to cooperate during the campaign. Upon reflection, though, I think it's cute. There's no doubt in my mind that those girls have been through a ton in the past couple years or that they will face even bigger issues for the next four years. They deserve whatever piece of American normalcy they can eke out during that time, and a puppy will probably help with that.

Date: 2008-11-05 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kouredios.livejournal.com
NPR had done a piece earlier yesterday about fluffier aspects of the two candidates: favorite books, favorite movies, pets. They mentioned that Obama had promised his daughters a puppy after the election was over (regardless of outcome was understood). I didn't get the impression it was a bribe at all, more of a "we're too busy to take care of a new puppy at the moment, but after this election's over..."

Also? McCain apparently has his own zoo. Dogs, cats, ferret, turtles, birds, I think?

Date: 2008-11-05 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ltlbird.livejournal.com
Bribe probably isn't quite what I meant... I think the cynical part of me overreacted to the use of "earned", "Sure, give your kids a dog in return for taking on a job that has been taking you almost out of their lives and putting them in the harsh glare of the public eye." I think I was pigeon-holing Obama with the absentee parents who give their kids gifts out of guilt or whatever. I think it was an unfair knee-jerk response. Even then, though, I never thought the puppy plan was contingent on a win.

Date: 2008-11-05 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kouredios.livejournal.com
Oh yeah, he did say "earned," didn't he? I forgot that.

I read that as "for putting up with all this campaign crap that keeps me so busy." Probably part of my inability to have a negative reaction to anything the man says. I'm sure it won't last. :D

Date: 2008-11-06 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
I didn't see it as bribery, though I can understand where you got that. My take on it is, on the personal level, it makes sense to me that he'd console his kids about how little they must have seen him in the last year, and thank them for being good sports about the craziness their lives have taken on, by promising them something great once things calm down enough for them all to enjoy it together. And on the public level, I really liked that he brought this into his victory speech, because the actual victory and the ideals it represents are probably too huge and abstract for his daughters to fully grasp. Yet in the moment of that victory, even as he's speaking to massive crowds about the enormity of what's happening, he's also including a line just for his kids, giving them a concrete thing to be joyful about and showing that he's still thinking about them even when he's on the world's stage. It just gave me the impression that he's a great dad, as well as being a great statesman.

Date: 2008-11-05 08:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-11-05 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bop-radar.livejournal.com
I love the fact that he promised his daughters a puppy in his victory speech. If there was a way for me to become even more enamored of the man, that was probably it
SAME! I am strangely a sucker most of all for Obama-as-father. I don't know why but it just gets me every time. I guess because he seems like SuperDad?

I'm also unutterably relieved that Obama's going to select the next few Supreme Court justices. The man was a constitutional law professor; he's going to do a good job with that.
Oh good point! That's a wonderful thing.

It does still seem a little unreal. But AWESOME. I like the way the world is reshaping.

Date: 2008-11-06 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
It's the fact that he's taking a moment to be a great dad even while he's making his victory speech to the entire world; that's what thrills me. The guy does not lose sight of his priorities.

(Plus, y'know, puppy! Puppies make everything better.)

Date: 2008-11-06 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bop-radar.livejournal.com
And elsewhere on my f'list I found out it will be a RESCUE PUPPY!!! \o/ That makes me love him even more.

Date: 2008-11-05 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterborne.livejournal.com
Ditto to pretty much everything you said, up to and including the hope that Colin Powell will show up in the cabinet. While Powell said today that he does not expect or hope to be asked, I have to think the reality is otherwise; regardless, his theory of when and how the U.S. intervenes militarily is one I can really get behind.

It was something to see Powell getting teary-eyed that Obama had gotten elected.

Puppy!

Date: 2008-11-05 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ltlbird.livejournal.com
Ooh, I would be thrilled to see Colin Powell in the cabinet.

Date: 2008-11-06 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Did you hear Condoleeza Rice's statement this morning? I've never been fond of her, but that was quite a thing too.

Date: 2008-11-06 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterborne.livejournal.com
After seeing your comment, I went and sought it out on YouTube. Very nice. I've wondered at times if she is actually a moderate Republican with a lot of good common sense who simply didn't have quite a strong enough personality and set of connections/relationships within DC to be able to maintain her own integrity through most of Bush's tenure.

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