Wednesday, November 5, 2008


It probably won't come as a surprise that I was a McCain supporter, but it wasn't an easy decision for me. Both candidates had pros and cons. In the end, Obama's record on abortion influenced me in favor of his opponent. Last night, I was impressed by "my" candidate's class and graciousness in defeat; an example was set for us all. Regardless of any disappointment I might have felt at the time, it was impossible not to feel the gravity what had just happened, and how November 4, 2008, will be a day our nation will remember forever.

This morning, as I watched a portion of President-Elect Obama's speech on the news, Stinky asked, "Who's that?" I was surprised to feel my voice catch in my throat when I answered "That's Barack Obama. He's going to be our next president." I am so grateful that my son will grow up in this time- where a President who isn't white isn't something that will happen "someday," and a woman was a Vice Presidential candidate from a political party that stood a legitmate chance. I am grateful that I live in the country where we get to vote not only for candidates, but also have a say on laws. I am grateful to know that these individuals do not have the final say in my happiness, nor are they the only voices that count.

I don't think anyone can deny that this is an exciting time to be an American.


Rachel said...

Rach, I loved what you said about it being an exciting time to be an American! So true! Here in California, Proposition 8 just barely passed 52% to 48%! We are still acknowledging marriage between a man and woman! How blessed! I hope Obama owns up to his promises and is able to lead this country! I appreciate your words! They were a comfort to me!

P.S. Sorry about Stinky! I know the congregation didn't think you were "that mom". You're a wonderful mom and the Lord wouldn't have given you your beautiful, yet rambunctious boy, without a reason: He knew you could handle it! You are stronger than any other Moms out there with "great" children! You're wonderful!

TheresaXXX said...

What a wonderful post! I also found myself tearing up during both Senator McCain's concession speech and President-Elect Obama's acceptance speech.

I am proud to live in a country where we move closer towards the vision of judging people "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

It happens that I don't agree with Senator Obama's politics, but I do see that he is someone who loves his country and is trying to do what he believes is best for America.

I pray for the safety of and for wisdom and guidance for Mr. Obama. I pray that he will fulfill his promise to be everyone's President.

Melissa said...

I feel the same way. Although I didn't vote for Obama, I also got emotional watching his acceptance speech. I'm proud to live in a country where anybody can grow up to be president.

Erik said...

You said exactly how I felt on election night! I was also a McCain supporter, but that doesn't mean I'm not excited to see what Obama will do in office. It is great to live in a country where "change" can happen so peacefully.