Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Oh My...

I don't know what to say, so I won't try to say too much.

I just saw this excerpt from Obama's acceptance speech over on The Swivet. Couldn't help but quote it here...

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled — Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of red states and blue states; we are, and always will be, the United States of America.


Wonderful. I'm a happy man today, in so, so many ways. Now, if I could just get my eyes to stop doing this strange watering thing. It's downright embarrassing...

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OpenID K.S. Clay said...

It was a great speech wasn't it?

1:09 PM  
Blogger Mary Robinette Kowal said...

I just wanted to come over and be happy with you.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Awesome speech, I agree. :-) There aren't many better speakers than Obama. I'm really, truly happy for the whole of America, I've got a copy of the speech that I pulled from CNN's site, and it brings tears to my eyes too. :-)

1:46 PM  
Blogger clindsay said...

I am incredibly happy about yesterday's presidential election, but my happiness is tempered by the reality of the hate-based propositions that have been passing all over this country, particularly Proposition 8 in California.

Two steps forward, one step back, folks.

Still, think on the irony of this: the first black American president of the United States will be sworn in on a plaza that was built by slaves.

Amazing!

2:13 PM  
Blogger paranoyd said...

Well, my family is almost in tears as well - they voted for McCain. They are part of the 20% who still think Bush did a great job, all evidence to the contrary.

I, however, stand with my fellow libs, and independents, and right-thinking righties, and proudly welcome Mr. Obama to the head of the line. Regardless of what happens, for good or ill, we now have a Leader in the White House (well, on Jan 20) and that will make all the difference.

3:21 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yep.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Greg Wilson said...

Agreed. What a pleasure to have a president we don't have to be embarrassed about any more!

Watching the reaction from countries around the world--people saying, almost stunned, that America had again surprised them with its capacity to self-correct, just when they thought it could no longer do so--was worth it and of itself.

It was truly an honor to vote for this person, and it's the first time in my voting life I can say that. Yes we did, folks.

P.S. David--yes, next time let's grab some coffee or something and talk!

G.

1:16 AM  
Blogger SA_Avenger said...

I was wishing it to you guys back then.
I'm really happy now. This is a great change.

As a side not, I'm reading Acacia in french now and I definitely like it. (more to come when I'm done ofc)

Keep going :)

1:35 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

K.S.,

Yes, indeed. He looked and sounded like a president that future generations will still be watching years and years into the future. Think anyone will be rewatching Bush speeches in 2108? Doubt it. Obama, yeah...

Mary,

Thanks. That makes me happier still.

Dave,

I've received quite a few emails from people around the world, happy about this, and so very glad America may yet be a positive force in the world. And THAT also makes me happier.

Colleen,

Sorry about Prop 8. My strike against it didn't knock it down. That issue isn't over yet, though, and the election may put us in a better place to make the eventual acknowledgment of same sex rights the type of acknowledgment that sticks for the long run.

How about a couple new Supreme Court justices in the years to come?

Greg,

Sure, coffee it is, then.

SA Avenger,

Thanks for giving Acacia a try. Let me know if you like it. I know the translator worked hard on it.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Beth Armstrong said...

I was driving. Beth was dashing between the bath (where the kids were) and the radio to catch the US election action. We compared it to the old 'what were you doing when...' chestnut. One of those occasions that sticks with you. We are in New Zealand and have just had our own elections. Funny thing was that when people on the street were asked about the elections most said they were happy that Obama won. The interviewer would then have to say er no, our own elections...

2:08 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

That's great. You've got me chuckling... New Zealanders for Obama! I'd by the t-shirt...

2:17 PM  
Blogger Brendan McGinley said...

It was a great EVERYTHING. Here's to tomorrow in America.

12:29 PM  

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