Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The morning after.

When I woke up, my eyes felt like a desert, from the tears of the night before, I think. I had an election hangover, if you will. I checked the interweb, mostly from habit. What were people saying? I think I might miss all those voices I sought out, trawling the commentary sites, the papers, the blab-o-sphere. Although, and on the other hand, I might not miss them all that much. I watched the snow falling. I observed my spirits both rise and . . . not fall, exactly, but I did feel a tiny bit blue. What is that about? I think it's the huge tide of emotion, spilling over when the newsdroids called the election, and the speeches. I was moved by McCain's concession--as gracious as one could ever hope, and then Obama's, which was thrilling and overwhelming and fitting and stirring. I had never heard before how the refrain Yes, we can worked in the context of a whole speech--how the power of it rose and intensified.

I know there's a lot of reasons to be judicious, given everything that's ahead, but I feel full of hope, and today it was good to come back to that, as I took a walk, got ready for the day, wrote, rode the train, started a new book. I kept coming back to that hope, over and over and over again.


  1. I think I had a bit of a hangover too. Also, I'm a bit cautious, as I think he has so much work, so many expectations.
    But I was quite moved by Jesse Jackson's tears, and Juan Williams got a little choked up too. Touching.
    But I'm happy as well. I think it's a bit of a shock that it's over...

  2. so glad to share the historical moment with you

  3. Just called into a meeting with a team in India that I worked with. They had all watched Obama's acceptance speech and were excited about the election. They wanted to know if celebrating is still happening.

  4. I was overjoyed about the whole thing. Samd and Tamsen came over: I wanted to share the moment with people as invested as I am.

  5. The world is definitely celebrating. Here in Canada, the lab I work in is filled with people from all around the world: Quebec, Brazil, Iran... As the sole American there, yesterday was filled with many (figurative) pats on the back and celebration. Many expressed how impressed they were with United States, thinking if they could elect Obama, then anything is possible in this world. My office mate and collaborator is from Iran. We have had many conversations about the state of the middle east and the roles of our respective countries. Yesterday he was talking to me about his 5 year old son, Muhammad, who was born in the USA and so is a citizen (even though his parents are not). Muhammad told his parents that he needed to stay up late and watch the election because "it matters to me because it is my country to."

  6. hope is exactly the way to put it...
    i'm full of hope and excitement for the future...

  7. A lovely, graceful post. Thanks.

  8. It is truly amazing...

    but I wonder...modest...

    I will save the cynicism for another day.



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