Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes We Did!

Written 5 November, 2008

Yes We Did!

Last night Sweetie and I went looking for a place in world to watch the election returns. We didn’t find one.

We did find a lot of places where people were dancing and waving Obama signs, but we didn’t find a quiet place with video.

Pity. It would have been nice to have rung in the new president entirely within Second Life.

Instead, we retired to our house and cuddled and watched election results on our respective browsers, IMing our friends from time to time to check in.

Sweetie and I both voted for Obama, so we were happy with the results. Obama supporters were on the streets in huge numbers, celebrating in Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. The entire world, in fact, with the not surprising exception of the seemingly all-white crowd at McCain’s headquarters, seemed ecstatic. Kenya has even declared a national holiday.

Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America.

Thank God.

And woo hoo!


GM said...

I offer sincere congratulations! I did not vote for Obama, but I am wishing him the very best. He has a massive task ahead of him, and I really want to see him succeed.

However, I reject the slight racial dig you added toward the end of your post (seemingly all white). It seems that the majority of the race cards are played by the left in classic projection.

I know no one that voted for McCain (or against Obama) based on race. However, I do personally know several that based their support of Obama on the color of his skin. Very sad that so many, if they really examined the issues, would have to admit that they have fundamental disagreements with President-Elect Obama.

That said, we all move forward and work together to get our country out of the mess we find ourselves in. No more red and blue. We are all Americans.

Cheyenne Palisades said...

There were apparently 34 people of color at the Republican convention (or so someone said on the radio today). I did notice the cameras kept coming to rest on the few black people in the audience.

I don't get your distinction between people voting/not voting for Obama based on race vs. color of his skin.

I do know that there was a lot of thinly veiled racism from white voters, who were prepared to use and did use the "he's intexperienced" or "he has bad associations" pretexts to discount him. The "He's a Muslim" and "He's a terrorist" excuses were less subtle.

Cheyenne Palisades said...

And yes, let's all work together to pull ourselves our of our current messes!

Greg said...

So, here we have 34 people of color at the McCain convention. Polls show that 44% of whites and 97% of blacks voted for Obama. I'm not quite ready to buy the "whitey is racist" argument.

The "he's inexperienced" theme, however, was a not so thinly veiled dig at his.... ummm... inexperience. He began running for president as soon as he hit the senate. You have to admit he has a very thin resume.

Cheyenne Palisades said...

Well, a black person voting Republican decidedly needs to have his or her head examined; the obverse isn't true.

I have friends who used all sorts of excuses not to vote for Obama. Every one of them has at one time or other shown me their prejudice toward Blacks. Usually they feel me out to see if I will go along with the ride. I don't.

And it's funny, people call Barack inexperienced but are big champions of Sarah Palin. Barack is a consitutional scholar with a history as a professor, community organizer, and U.S. Representative. And he was no slouch as a U.S. Senator before going on the campaign trail. The Daily Show did an interview with the current mayor of Wasila. She seemed to have nothing to do, as there were no city schools, no fire department, and very little else-- and what there was was run by a city manager. The best she could come up with was "We have a staff meeting every Tuesday."