"This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change." (President-elect Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008, Grant Park acceptance speech)
Just me and a quarter of a million other ecstatic Americans celebrating the election of the first non-white president in our country's history. What a party! I got there late (waited until I put Sam to sleep at my friend Kristin's, so didn't get there until 9:30ish. Ed was working the election returns.) The line for ticket-holders was about a mile long, but after it was announced that he won, they just moved all of us into the non-ticket area. So I wasn't able to see him (or meet up with my sister and her family), but I had a great view of the Jumbo-tron. And it was energizing just to be around so many happy people! Even the CTA was organized. I was really proud of my city.
And proud to have been part of making this happen. On Election Day, my sister and I made our third trip to Indiana during this campaign , knocking on 82 doors in a final GOTV attempt. (Some say Indiana is still too close to call, but others are saying it went for Obama, the first time Indiana went for a Democratic president since the 60s.) This is the first time I've gotten this involved in a campaign (donating and volunteering, although I also volunteered once on Obama's Senate campaign). I really am inspired by his integrity, his own personal story, and his concern for the least among us. In fact, it is my Catholic/Christian faith that led me to become a Democrat and to be so excited about Obama.
I was touched by McCain's speech (wish we'd seen more of that side of him during the campaign), though I can't think of anything nice to say about Palin, so I'll just keep my mouth shut. I hope that those who didn't support Obama will give him a chance. I think they will be pleasantly surprised by the job he will do as leader of this country. Lord knows we need a good one now.
Enough politics for now. Back to knitting and crafting soon.