Yes we can...

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...and yes we did. Very happy today.

And very sleepy, since I stayed up till four in the morning, UK time, to wait for election results with other American ex-pat friends here in Devon. Walking home through our village in the wee hours of the morning, I was filled with wonder that I'd lived to see a mixed-race candidate win the highest office in the nation, uniting supporters of all ancestries, ages, and backgrounds. (And oh, I'm so proud of my old home state of Pennsylvania -- where I personally think it was my hard-working, union-supporting brothers who put him over the top.)  Then my husband and I listened to President-Elect Obama's stirring acceptance speech on the radio. I like the fact that he talked about the hard work ahead, the importance of community service, and that we're all going to have to roll up our sleeves. I'm also delighted (and relieved) to have an unabashedly intellectual president, who understands grammar and speaks in complete sentences. As someone with working class roots who benefited greatly from a government assisted college education, I've found the strain of anti-intellectualism in modern politics both puzzling and troubling. Instead of saddling hard working men like my brothers with the demeaning label "Joe Sixpack," let's help their kids get good educations too. And then, like Michelle and Barack Obama, who knows what they might grow up to be.

Post script: I love Garrison Keillor's toast to the Obamas, which is on Salon.com here.


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"I'm also delighted (and relieved) to have an unabashedly intellectual president, who understands grammar and speaks in complete sentences."
Yes! Thank you, Goddess!

YAY PA! (Lived here all my life.) People were dancing in the streets of Philly last night, and all this goodness on top of the fact that our ball team won the championship.

The spirit of hope and engagement, here and across the country, is extraordinarily thrilling. Here's to the shaping of many good things...

I've been sweating bullets for days over the possible outcome of this election, and I am absolutely thrilled with the results (except for the ban placed on gay marriages in California)! There was so much at stake, from the war in Iraq, the economy, upcoming appointments to the Supreme Court Justice, to our standing in the world, we just couldn't blow this one.

To see passionate voters turning out in force was a amazing, heartening, and humbling experience. In a cynical nation so turned off by its leaders and its government, watching President-elect Obama take the stage with his family in Grant Park I felt a renewal of faith and hope in this country that I have not personally sensed for a very long time!

Renewal of faith - YES. Watching Obama win by (arguably) a landslide moved me in ways that I did not expect. I'm still processing, and I suspect that I will be for a long time.

The next day, I bought both of his books. Can't wait to dig into them.

We were thinking of you over here on election night! :)

There was a lovely opinion piece by Judith Warner about this in the "Times" yesterday: http://warner.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/title/?em

It might also be good to give a shout out to Ted Sorenson -- the speech writer of Obama's acceptance speech. We will probably be hearing a lot more of his inspired work in the future.

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