Holy crap, Obaaaaamaaaa! I just got back from the Obama rally at Grant Park. I think I'm still in disbelief that Obama won, and by such a large margin! I was expecting a really long, drawn out, excruciating vote tally that would last all night. By 10:00 CST they had called it for Obama. The rally was kinda weird in that they split up the crowd - Griselda and I got stuck behind a barricade half way in the field that prevented us from getting any closer to the stage, but we probably wouldn't have been able to see much better anyway. The crowd was fucking great, young and diverse and genuinely excited...it felt like a breath of fresh air...both Barack and McCain's speeches were great. I don't think it will all really kick in until I wake up tomorrow. Holy crap. Sooo awesome.
I really liked the line in Obama's speech where he mentioned that those who did not vote for him might be disappointed, but that he will listen - and that he will be their president too. This sentiment is one of my favorite aspects of Obama, that he will listen to everyone, and try to work towards common solutions. People put a lot of emphasis on the candidates' policies, issues, agendas and idealism, but despite it all, a good leader is one who is smart, a good communicator, and listens to both sides - all sides - before coming to a decision. And I hope this remains a fundamental aspect of an Obama/Biden administration. Because our nation is shouting, the world is shouting, and someone needs to listen. I'm excited and proud that we were able to vote Obama as our president. A weird, patriotic feeling, I have not felt before. It makes me think we are capable of more. I for one am not expecting any sweeping changes in the next few years in our government - I remain about as cynical as I was before about the capacity for our government to solve our problems. But Obama's power is that he motivates people to get up, get involved, and solve their own problems. And this kind of grassroots-y motivation is just what the doctor ordered - it is a catalyst for real change.
Brilliant campaign. GObama! Whew! We made it!