Tuesday, November 4, 2008

How Do You Spell "Landslide?"

This is the text Dipstick just sent me and it's a good question. Here is how you spell it: Barack Obama is the new President Elect!

Dipstick and I are beside ourselves tonight. We're both in Portland--one of the states that helped Obama cinch the election btw--and we're both freaking out! So frickin' excited!!!!!!!!!!

For me, I'll tell you that people have been yelling in downtown Portland, where I live, (aka Little Beirut) for hours about how Obama is going to win. Downtowns just sort of bode well with unexpected shouts on any given night, but tonight, everyone is feeling it. The energy is palpable. That's why as soon as MSNBC declared Obama President Elect, I hit "play" on iTunes to play Kool and the Gang's "Celebration" as loud as my speakers would play through my deck doors. I got some shout outs and no doubt more smiles than I can count, but the overriding feeling in downtown Portland tonight is "Hallelujiah!" I didn't realize I'd been holding my breath for eight years. It feels so good to let out my breath.

Tonight, I am gratitude.

Thank you America!

Here's to the future!


Lisa Moon said...

Although I'm Canadian, I share your excitement and elation completely! (and I'm rather jealous after our own disastrous, forced election earlier this month, to re-seat the current, Conservative GW Bush, Jr. we call Prime Minister, but that's another story... ).
As your neighbours (yes, it's spelled funny!) to the North, we of course have close relations with trading and such, but the president of the US impacts the world, of course.
It is truly an incredibly exciting time! It feels like giving birth; like a whole new world of potential and possibility has just been unleashed into a bright new future. It is the dawn of a new time.
Hallelujah, indeed!

Anonymous said...

I felt the same way. I had dozed off last night with the news on and woke just after 11:00 (eastern...I'm a Georgia gal) to see the celebrations going on all over the country. I turned off the TV smiling and cuddled my partner. It was an amazing feeling. We watched his speech together this morning with tears in our eyes. What an amazing day for our countr.

Alana Noel Voth said...

Lipstick & Dipstick,

Last night, the kid and I flipped between CNN & the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert show, and when Jon Stewart said, "Barack Obama is the next President of the United States," I looked at my son and said, "Is he kidding?"

I flipped over to CNN. And Jon Stewart wasn't kidding!

My son and I high-fived each other, and then my son said, "I can't wait to tell people later I was a kid when Obama was elected the President."

I started to bawl.

My son said, "Mom, a President I can finally be proud of," and I bawled even more, and then my son asked, "Can we throw a Bareck Obama party this weekend?"

Yes, we can. :-)

P.S. I received a lot of happy emails this morning, including messages from The Human Rights Campaign, Michael Moore, and Planned Parenthood.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could say the same about my state. I live in Atlanta, GA and McCain received a whopping 60% of the votes! Our neighboring state, Alabama, has never had a democrat win since 1974! If this keeps up I may be moving to Portland with you guys. I think I can survive the drizzles of rain! :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, nothing like a lot of empty sunshine!