Yes We Can, Yes We Did

Last night history was made. The United States of America elected its first multi-racial president, Barack Hussein Obama.

Jody, the kids and I had the opportunity to go to an Obama victory party held by the Boulder County Democrats. We met up with my sister Carrie as well as some friends. The energy was high, the cheers were loud. There were two big screens, food, drinks, and the place was decked out in red, white and blue. There were lots of smiles, lots of tears, lots of hugs and kisses. It felt like a New Year’s Eve party, except instead of people being donned in New Year’s accessories, everyone was wearing Obama shirts, stickers, buttons, balloons and even signs!
Woohoo!My family on election night

The crowd went wild when Colorado’s results went up on the big screens. Our great state went blue! I was proud to have done a very small part to help make that happen, making calls from home, in my car, in the Democrats office and again from home yesterday afternoon as I gave it one last push, feeling confident that no matter what the results, there was no way I could say,  “I wish I would’ve done more.”

When it was announced that Barack Obama was the next president, I got tears in my eyes. I have never been so excited about our country’s future and been so proud to be an American as I was in that one moment. I hugged Jody, I hugged Carrie, I hugged Melissa, I hugged both Ava and Julian and told them that Barack Obama would be our president!

Carrie, Jody and Julian celebrate Obama’s victory Ava with her happy balloon Julian has fun with balloons too

We listened to John McCain’s gracious and heartfelt concession speech. He really seemed to be speaking from his heart and I just wanted to give him a hug. Although I’m obviously happy the election ended the way it did, I still admire McCain and am thankful for his service to our country.

And then we waited and waited for Barack to talk. When he, Michelle, Malia and Sasha walked onto the stage, again, the crowd went wild.

Boulder County Democrats cheer for Obama

It was inspiring, as always, to hear Barack speak. He’s inspired me to get involved with my country’s future and I know he’s inspired many, many others as well. It is my hope now that those who did not vote for him will accept that is going to be the president and to show him respect. If you don’t agree with him, let him know. He even encouraged that in his acceptance speech. That is just one thing that I think is particularly appealing about Obama, that he’s so well connected. He’s on FaceBook, he sends emails, he’s on Twitter. I got a thank you email from him last night for the donations I gave and volunteering I did and that really meant something to me. I know that email went out to millions of people, but I appreciated it. I feel connected to him in a way I’ve never felt to other presidents. See what I mean? 😉

Barack and me

Barack Obama has shown me that great things can happen when people are inspired and they come together to work towards a common goal. I believe the momentum that’s been started will continue and that there are good things in store for the United States of America. Yes We Can.Carrie, Julian, Jody, Ava and me

I’m also so proud of the amazing voter turnout in this election. Thank you to EVERYONE who voted. That alone shows me that people truly care about our country’s future. If we can harness that energy and turn it all into something positive, imagine the possibilities.

“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one” — John Lennon

And now, here’s where I ask for your help. I can only report what I’m experiencing here in the USA, but I’d LOVE to know what my readers in other countries think about Barack Obama being elected president. If you live outside of the United States or you have family outside of the US, would you please email me and tell me how you/your family is reacting to this news? Please include where you live. I’d like to put together a post including all of these sentiments. Thank you!

18 thoughts on “Yes We Can, Yes We Did”

  1. WE DID IT!!!!!!!!
    I keep tearing up, have been since I first awoke this morning, it won’t stop. This is the first time in my LIFE I’ve been proud to be an american.

  2. YES WE DID!! I cried too several times last night. I thought McCain’s concession speech was eloquent. I was so proud of our country for changing it’s course and proud to be an American. This really is what our country is all about. My husband and I stayed up way too late here in Virginia to listen to speeches and were very tired this AM but it was all worth it. I had a big tree planted in my front yard today (a fitting new beginning-my birthday gift from my family this year) and when I walked out of my house wearing my Obama shirt the three guys who were here to plant it (who mostly only spoke spanish) asked me (pointing to my shirt) if I was happy and I said “yes!” They said “me too!” We all hugged. It’s that powerful of a beginning for all of us. Pretty cool. I also loved the email from Barack and it meant a lot to me for the personal thank you for contributing and volunteering. I don’t think any other president has done that before.

  3. great post, amy. it sure was an amazing night, wasn’t it? the only thing i regretted about going to the grant park rally was that i wasn’t at home to wake up my oldest child and have him watch obama’s speech with me. now *that* would have been a memory for him. this morning i showed him my pictures and video. what a glorious night it was, and what a bright future we have.

  4. Hi, I’m from Brighton, UK and have followed the excitement both on the news and from the Twitter feeds I subscribe too.

    This must be such an amazing time for you guys at the moment, Obama brings strength, positive change and finally gravitas to the White House. It feels like you have only just started opening the gift he is giving you.

    Although it has been great watching it on the news, you could feel what was happening much more from your conversations on Twitter. It was great hearing about all of the personal stories across the US as the evening unfolded.

    All we need in the UK now is someone as cool as Obama! I’m quite jealous – ours certainly doesn’t match up!


  5. my family are all Canadian – they all live in Canada (except for us in NY) and are fairly conservative politically. that said, i think they are looking forward to seeing what a new breed of president will do for this country and for the relationships that the U.S. has with other countries.

    as a Canuck living within the U.S., it was intriguing and a bit irritating to watch all of the election stuff going on but not be able to participate by voting! at any rate, although i do not share all of Obama’s beliefs or political views, i think he is going to take this country in a good direction.

  6. I am from Melbourne, Australia and also had tears in my eyes when Barack and his family got up on stage. Luckily my children were home from school and I could emphasise the importance of this moment in time to them.

    Australia is a small country (by population) and the influence that we have on the wider world is very small. America however is the complete opposite and has the opportunity to lead the rest of the world with the decisions it makes. To me the last 7 or so years has seen this leadership going in the wrong direction, with countries like Australia and the UK following.

    My hope is that with Obama, this truly will be a change in leadership that will help guide others in the right direction. The direction that cares about the environment, prefers diplomacy over aggression and looks after the disadvantaged.

    Congratulations to Americans for making the brave choice of change.

  7. Your daughter is beautiful. It is so sad that because of the blind stupidity of people like her mother that she will grow up in a socialist government waiting weeks for health care she may need, but hey at least the government will pay for it. And that adorable baby of yours? Obama encourges the murder of him, because you know he wasn’t human as you felt him grow inside you during pregnancy.

  8. Great post!!

    Apparently, you touched a nerve enough that you attracted the Troll on Crack above me.

    The ‘blind stupidity’ comment just reeks of the pot calling the kettle a pot… 😉

  9. I believe that fear and hatred will always be a part of each of us as the baser instincts of the human animal are naturally bent on our own survival and self-interest.

    It is my hope that all of those who made this election possible will continue to aspire to rise above these tendencies to create a more inclusive society. Perhaps one capable not merely of tolerating, but compassionately loving those so damaged by bitterness and fear that at this triumphant moment they are capable only of spitting bile.

    It awes me to know that my heart is capable both of soaring with the inspiring rhetoric and hopeful emotions expressed the world over in the last day and pity for anyone who can not or will not embrace the beauty of what has happened.

    I am proud to be an American. I am proud to use my words to disagree; to settle my differences with civil measures; to witness this moment in time; to be a part of a peaceful transfer of power; and to continue to hope that our country will continue to transform into the beacon of light it was intended to be.

    Not a lot of sleep = idealistic cheese? Eh, better than hostility. 😉

  10. We will. We will Ba-rock you! OK, it’s cheesey but that’s been going through my head all day today.

    What really pleases me, is that both sides are being very civil and polite to each other unlike past couple of elections. It gives me hope that both sides can put away the attack ads and name calling of the election and work together to fix the issues that they campaigned on.

  11. I agree with Oprah that the best part of the speech was when Obama told the people who didn’t vote for him that their voices were heard and that he would be their president too. Trying to rise above the hate like him.

    Love your posts…keep it up!

  12. Lucretia,
    If you are going to insult me the LEAST you could do is get the expression right!! I believe the expression is the “the pot calling the kettle black” not “the pot calling a kettle a pot.” Don’t use an expression you don’t know!! And what I said was fact: Obama wants a socialized government and is in favor of abortion. Just the facts…

  13. I’m a Canadian and have to say that there was a lot of Obama-fever up here, too. He is an amazing speaker who spoke of change and his beliefs with passion. His openness to the world and international issues and, honestly, his intelligent approach to any issue that I heard him address brings hope for the world. I think Planning Queen summed up the role the US plays in the world very well. We sometimes talk about “sleeping next to the elephant” means you have to be vigilant when the elephant rolls over. There are many Canadians who are sleeping easier with the knowledge that Barack Obama will be in charge of the elephant.

    I find it interesting to hear Obama referred to as a socialist since, for the most part, his policies are still more conservative than those of our Conservative Party. We’ve had a state medical system for decades and waiting lines at emergency rooms are no different than in the US and I have never needed to decide whether I could afford to take my child if she was sick, I paid nothing when I left the hospital after giving birth and never thought twice about attending each and every pre-natal appointment because they were all paid for. American men, women and children deserve these things. There are waits for some surgeries but we’re working on those.

    If nothing else, Obama brought passion for the democratic process to millions who were feeling estranged from it, even people in other countries. That is an entirely good thing.

  14. I’m so bummed that we missed the party Tuesday, but the kids were totally melting down by the time it started!

    I have no illusions that my political leanings are in any way mainstream, but I would like to say to Cori that we could do a lot worse than to go a bit socialist in this country!! It’s certainly better than the “fascism veiled as patriotism” we’ve seen in this country since 9/11.

    Great post!

  15. We are of course American, but living overseas in England right now. We also traveled to France a few days after the election, and let me say that the Brits and Europeans are THRILLED! It is all over the news here … TV, print news, billboard signs. I love it! We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to the next four years! We hope he makes some great changes, especially within the military!!!

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