Posted By on November 4, 2008

I know I haven’t posted in a few days. I have things to tell you. I want to tell you all about my awesome weekend trip to Minnesota. I want to give a public service announcement to all the kids out there to stay in school because when you stop using your brain, it is not good. But I’m not going to talk about any of that. Because right now, to me, none of that matters as much as what happened tonight.

Because tonight, Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States. My Senator, the Senator from my home state, from my hometown, will be the 44th President of the United States.

I don’t like to get political on my blog. It is definitely a very personal thing. And just because you did not vote for Barack Obama in this election does not make me like you any less. It doesn’t mean we can’t get along. We are all AMERICANS. Everyone has free will and the ability to vote for the person that they feel will make the best President or best elected official. We all have our reasons for who we vote for. The best thing about our democracy is that we ALL have the ability to cast a vote. It is an amazing thing.

But tonight history was made. We elected our first African-American President. I will admit, it was a day I wasn’t sure that I would ever be alive to see. But he won. It is more amazing than I have words for. And most of my words contain “fucking” and “awesome” and “holy shit.” What we witnessed tonight is the single greatest thing I have seen in American politics in my life. Over a quarter of a million people stood since dawn in Chicago to witness it, to be a part of history. Amazing doesn’t really cover it.

I voted for Barack Obama because I believe that he is going to make change. I believe him when he speaks. For the first time, I actually believe that this man will do things to make this country a better place, that he will do the things he promised. I believe that this man moves me when he speaks and gives me chills and makes me proud to be an American.

I believe. I am hopeful. YES WE CAN.

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to “Hey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


28 Responses to “History”

  1. Way to go, couldn’t agree more! I would comment more, but I am still speechless

    Sensibly Sassys last blog post..Yes We Did

  2. HouseofJules says:

    I’m so proud of our country.
    House of Jules

    HouseofJuless last blog post..While you’re at it, don’t forget to blink or breathe

  3. Eileen says:

    I cried when I heard his speech. For the first time in a long time- I believe. I believe we can move forward- not just democrats- but all Americans.

    Eileens last blog post..Squirrel Orgies (or: why is everything falling apart at the same time?)


    I think today could quite possibly be the best day of my life. I know those words are supposed to be saved for weddings and child birth or whatever, and I may experience those things and those moments may surpass this one, but right now, at 27, I have never been so proud of my country.

    And that is a great feeling.

    Tokyo Cowgirls last blog post..Omerica!!!

  5. LarryLilly says:

    After the nation weathers three months of Dubyas executive “promises made, promises delivered” to all the special interest groups out there, then Obama can hopefully find them all so he can straighten them out.

    Yeah, I remember a summer in 1968, this white kid from the hoity toity white suburbs along with other liberal kids from MY hood, helping to register blacks to vote in the NYC area, spat upon and cursed at times, avoiding physical violence only because we had other black workers with us, then over the years watched inner city gangs shoot each other up in various gang related killings to now see the vote last night.

    It has come full circle, and I can only smile.

    LarryLillys last blog post..Great, now I am being told I am a woman

  6. Mahnee says:

    What a trip! I’m so emotional…and I don’t think I’ve ever been this proud to be an American. I have hope…not just for my kids but for my grandkids too. And I feel like I can look my grandkids in the eye and HONESTLY tell them they CAN be anything they want to be…even President of the United States. Are you listening Skyler?

  7. Melissa says:

    YES WE DID!!

    I also thought I would never see an African American elected either. I’m really impressed with the voters this year!

    Melissas last blog post..Hey….

  8. * * * WOOT! * * *

    Yes we can!!!!

    Jen on the Edges last blog post..Peace

  9. He inspires more hope in me than any other presidential candidate I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. We did it!

    nancypearlwannabes last blog post..Testing… Testing…

  10. Jenn says:

    I like your positivity!! Go Barack!

  11. Lori says:

    My simple comment is: I’m so happy!

  12. Candy says:

    I’m so proud of us. All of us. And I’m working on forgiving those who voted wrong yesterday.

    Just kidding. I’ll never forgive them.


    Candys last blog post..In Which I Stop Trying To Explain the Electoral College to my College-Aged Child

  13. Janice says:

    I can’t remember a time when I sat completely silent, absorbing every word of a polictians speech, moved to tears. Never before.
    Yes, we can.

    Janices last blog post..

  14. ali says:

    i’m so proud to be an american today.

    alis last blog post..a conversation between me and my spouse

  15. Allison says:

    It’s an amazing thing to be a witness to history in the making. WOOHOO!!!!

    Allisons last blog post..I Must Be Bored…

  16. Evil Genius says:

    Wonderful post, and I’m 100% on board. This country is long overdue for some serious changes, and I think Obama is just the right man for the job.

    Evil Geniuss last blog post..I Borked It!!

  17. Julie says:

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!!!!!!! To quote the late (great) Tim Russert, quoting his dad, Big Russ, “WHAT A COUNTRY!”

  18. barbra says:

    I’m going around reading everyone’s blog posts, celebrating with all of them! Hurrah!

  19. What it must be like to be in Chicago right now. Different than Texas, it’s safe to say.

    She Likes Purples last blog post..Lessons

  20. There are no words. From the tears of my father, to the smile over the phone from my grandmother, to my brother taking celebratory shots everytime some said the word “American”… it’s all there. 3 generations of black people in my family. Believing that this country can finally deliver on a promise. The promise that education, intelligence, humility, grace, and comprise sees no color.

    thecoconutdiariess last blog post..Before

  21. Seattle Amber says:

    Were you in Grant Park last night?

  22. Kerri Anne says:

    Every time I think about it, hear about it, read about it, talk about it, I start crying. So awesome.

  23. Sarah says:

    I’m with you sister. I actually got all choked up watching his acceptance speech. It was THAT good!

    Sarahs last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  24. bikerchick says:

    Welcome back. We rock. Congratulations to us all. I still get teary thinking about it and know that tonight’s news feeds are just gonna put my tearducts in overdrive again. But it’s a good thing. YAY US!!!

  25. Scarlet says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot he was from there.

    Scarlets last blog post..Electioneering

  26. Still really emotional about it. But in a really good way, ya know? Not like how I get teary-eyed when I realize I’ve run out of peanut butter, but a really, good PROUD, shivery cry. Like when I remember to buy 2 containers of peanut butter.

    The Over-Thinkers last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Pink Surprise Edition

  27. Ree says:

    It’s amazing. Truly and wonderfully amazing. Like I didn’t have enough to be weepy about this week… 😉