The coffee tastes delicious. The sun is shining brightly. The leaves are red and yellow and I could swear a unicorn just ran–no, pranced–down the street. I peed and it was pure gold. This is life in the New Obama World!
That speech was amazing. Everything happened so quick, it was 10pm and over, called, Obama the President. I had champagne on ice and we put down our Tecates and Guinness’ and toasted the news. Pop! And then the phone calls and the McCain concession speech–who was that guy? That speech was nothing like the campaign that preceded it. That is to say, it was honorable, thoughtful, and not full of bullshit. But enough of That Guy.
Obama talked finally and I swear, for a guy who has set a high bar, this one was right near the top. Does anyone (on the right) actually listen to what he says? Because the caricature they tried to paint of him for the past year or so matches not one bit of who he appears to be. Can you imagine these words coming out of Bush’s mouth?
There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.
The difference is, as a proud member of The Left, I will not stand for a lack of transparency the way they did for Bush on the Right. I will not blindly back Obama if he starts dumb pre-emptive wars. I will not “approve” of Obama if he oversees torture by our own troops. It took the better part of Bush’s term for his followers (voters) to notice what a total idiot he was, to their eternal discredit; not over here. It’s a tough job, Obama. Don’t fuck it up.
But enough of that for now. I am so proud of America, for the first time in a long time. Ha ha ha! Kidding. Kind of. Not really. That was a great feeling, watching this man get elected President of the United States. That fact that he’s a black man is huge, but I am more excited right now about the fact that he is The Right Man. That we finally got it right. That a man of high intelligence and sound judgment and calm temperament can be elected, and without resorting to gutter politics and Rovian tactics. The shouters on cable TV lost. The politics of fear lost. The Good Guys won. And Sarah Palin is just a footnote, for now.
It’s downright audacious. And hopeful. So I will try and not gloat or poke at the demons of the nutty right, who were, as usual, wrong, wrong, wrong, about everything, and finally got their comeuppance. Actually, I should have known this was over when Kristol predicted a McCain victory the other day. What’s he say today? I don’t care. But I guess it’s time to go take a stroll around and see what the others are saying and have one last laugh, and then move on. “Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long,” said Obama last night, and I agree. I am sick of all that, and ready to get past it.
There’s a lot to fix, a big mess, and so let’s hope our man can get the job done. And I leave you with this last word, for now, from Obama’s speech last night:
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth — that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:
Yes We Can.