Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I Was There When The Dream Came True!

As you must know by now, I spent tonight in Chicago's Grant Park with President-elect Barack Obama. Well, to be clear, it wasn't just me and Barack. There were about 75,000 of my closest friends who joined me with tickets inside the park and close to 1 MILLION in the surrounding area celebrating the Dream Coming True.

I was there with my friends Colleen, Tim and Tony. It was magical. A perfect Chicago night. Today was over 70 and sunny and tonight was balmy and clear. It was almost as though God and Toot were smiling as they watched history being made.

Barack Obama is the President-elect and our Long National Nightmare is Over.

Words almost can't describe all the emotions I feel tonight. Excitement. Pride in our Country (to the Commonwealth of Virginia - thanks for voting for Barack, you made me proud!), Hope, and a little bit of sadness at the down-ticket races I strongly supported that lost. But mostly I feel like we can get back to being a country again and work past the "them vs. us" country we've had.

I loved John McCain's speech and was moved by his words. I couldn't help but wonder where that guy was during the campaign. If he'd shown up, I'm honestly not sure who would have won. If he'd shown up before tonight, our country would be better off for it.

If I can offer a little advice to the Religious Right, you won the battle, but lost the war. You insisted that McCain choose someone with your closed-minded values, rather than allowing him to choose his own running mate. I can't help but wonder if you'd backed down, would McCain have won?

But back to my night . . . President-Elect Barack Obama (OMG that is so great to type!) gave a speech that about brought me to tears. I loved that he still puts his family first with the mention of the new puppy. That story about 106-year old Ann Nixon-Cooper, who could not vote for years because she was a woman AND a black woman. She went and pulled her lever for Barack today.

And then Toot. What a legacy she left. I'm so happy her vote counted, but wish she could have been watching Barack on CNN tonight.

Coolest part of the evening? Meeting Kevin Tibbles of NBC News. I'm such a geek that I asked if I could take a picture with him and he said yes. It's a great pic and I can't wait to print it out and put it in my Wall of Fame (yes, I have one!).

As Barack said, the change hasn't happened yet. We've just earned the right to work for the change. It's not going to be an easy road, but with a leader like Barack, I honestly believe anything is possible.

But for tonight, it's about pride and it's our time to celebrate. Oh, and yes, I'm really going back to DC for the inaguration. And I can't wait.

Yes We Did!

7 comments:

  1. Holy crap, LMS--lucky you! And lucky us!

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  2. Congratulations --

    As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it."

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  3. L'audace, L'audace! Toujours L'audace!

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  4. Yay! I'm so glad you got to be there. Congrats my friend!

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  5. Hey LMS - I thought of you often yesterday and wondered how your day and evening was going! Glad you had a good time.

    I totally agree with your McCain comment, and said exactly the same thing to a friend last night after he spoke. If THAT guy showed up during the election, I think it would be a totally different outcome (I have to confess I'm glad he didn't - lol!). It was a very classy speech.

    My delight in California is tempered with the prospect of Prop 8 passing here - it eliminates rights for same sex couples. I can't believe my fellow residents voted to change our constitution to eliminate anyone's rights. Some steps forward, some steps back.

    Thanks for the update from your vantage point. Hope you have the chance to rest up today!

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  6. Hey Tourguide Jenn,

    Thanks for your good thoughts and kind words.

    Last night was magical. That's truly all I can say about it. I felt the history page turning.

    Like you, I am deeply saddened by the anti-gay rights laws that passed last night. I don't understand that. To me, love is love and it doesn't matter to me who you love. Two of my dearest friends are gay men and they have been together for 12 years (I think, I could be off by a year or two). When I'm with them (as I was last night), I am inspired by their love for each other. They give me hope that I will find a man with whom I can share the kind of love, commitment, respect, friendship, and joy they share. I've never seen or heard them belittle or disrespect the other. Instead they build each other up and that only makes them each better individually and makes them stronger as a couple. Isn't that something we should be celebrating?

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  7. What a great post! Love the title!

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