Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Day to Celebrate

Today is a historic day in our country. Today will be a day that our children and grandchildren will ask us to tell them about. I am celebrating the election of our newest president!

I agree with some of his policies, but there are many I don't agree with. I said the same thing for McCain. I realized pretty early on in this election that there just wasn't a candidate that truly represented my views. So then it was just deciding which one was closest, which one I felt would do the better job, and which one I simply liked more. I was on the fence for a long, long time.

But have you heard his speeches? This man is inspirational. I feel hope and power when he speaks. I feel like he will listen to advisers, but still be the commander-in-chief. I feel he has the ability and ideas to get us where we need to be.

And I love that this is a historic moment. It is overdue, in my opinion, but I'm happy it did happen. Recently I had a conversation with a 6 year old who told me that Obama can't win because "he doesn't look like a president". No longer will kids (or adults) be able to say that. It will no longer be an unconscious message that we send. No longer will leadership and power be only associated with old, white men.

I celebrate this day!

12 comments:

Kydon said...

Shanna actually helped change my opinion on this. I did a quick post on the two articles I read this week that also helped to change my mind. It is on my very infrequently updated blog.

http://kydoninfo.blogspot.com/

Rebecca said...

I also was not represented in this election. I don't agree wit many of his policies, but he is the President and therefore he now has my support. And I do also agree that he IS inspirational! Great post!

TheVillamorFamily said...

I was very saddened that he was elected just because I disagree with too much of what he stood for...but it is cool to be part of history and like Rebecca said he is our president and has my support. What is cool is the free country we live in and the democratic process. The "Obama Effect" got a lot more voters out to the polls so it was worth it in that way. I just cringed with how some were 'worshipping' the man!

I wonder if that 6 year old thought "Obama" was too cute to be president...because most are old-man looking! Was he really saying that because he was black?

The part that worries me the most is the "share the wealth" idea. Oh well...so glad it is over! (There sure were some funny SNL skits about all the candidates though!)

ali said...

I think that's a good thing too, here's hoping he will have a great term and do the country some good!

Shanna said...

Yes, the 6 year old was refering to color, she specifically said 'he's black'. :( And she comes from a great family, I know she didn't get those ideas from things anyone had told her, just from her own observations of the world.

Adam and Lisa said...

I am glad too that we in America have come to a place where we could elect a black president. I just wish this historic moment was not with someone that I disagree with and worry what his influence will do with government control in our lives. That said, I will support him as our new president, because I love America. I just hope and pray that his term proves him to be the moderate person he campaigned as and not the liberal senator he has been in the past.

The Clanton Gang said...

I'm with Mary Kate--definitely sad that Obama and his policies won--there are just too many "what ifs" with him. BUT it is very emotionally satisfying to have a black president. As the mom of a black son, I love knowing that his life will (hopefully) be easier because others have paved the way for him.

You're right-Obama is an amazing speaker. I'm just not sure that being inspirational equals great leadership. But who knows--I'm not afraid to say I'm wrong. And I'm certainly not afraid to say "Told ya so." LOL

TheVillamorFamily said...

My son is CC/AA just like Obama but I guess if he was full AA I would see it as a positive for him? Not that it isn't...but I bet if Nate was full AA I would feel the same way.
I just hope people didn't just vote for him because he was a "black man" but because they think he can do a good job as the leader of our country. I heard a young adult comment after Obama won "i feel like I can make something of myself now that he was elected" which made me wonder ...did he really think he couldn't make something of himself before he was elected? Did he see his future as so uncertain?? maybe he did. I guess I live a very sheltered life.

Anyway....at least it got me thinking about politics a little which is something I didn't do before!

Astarte said...

It's been two days, and I'm STILL over the moon about this!!! I cried through his entire speech. I am just beside myself with glee, and I can't WAIT until January!!!!

mommymuse said...

Isn't a huge part of true leadership the ability to inspire and motivate those you are leading? He's clearly got that part down.

Jennifer said...

Great post, I got a little teary eyed just reading it. There's a lot of excitement and optimism where I live, even people dancing at the convience store!

Jennifer said...

Great post, I got a little teary eyed just reading it. There's a lot of excitement and optimism where I live, even people dancing at the convience store!