Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Wow

I have to admit that I have been afraid to hope, afraid to say that Obama would win this election. It isn’t that I didn’t support him, but I know the Democratic Party and was worried that they’d find a way to screw this up at the last minute. So you can imagine my bliss when I turned on CNN this morning to see that Barack Obama had won.

Last night we, like many people, had an election party. We invited friends up to our flat, made fajitas, drank various alcoholic beverages, and watched CNN for any hint of results. Despite the promises we made to ourselves, we all fell asleep long before the first polls closed in the States. Snuggled beneath my duvet, I dreamt that McCain had won.

Terrified by my dream, I ran to the television this morning and was thrilled that what I saw and heard wasn’t a Republican win but an historic win for Senator Obama and African Americans throughout America. With CNN and BBC murmuring in the background, I started reading all my favourite blogs and was pleased to see how many people had already posted about Obama’s win.

I remember a moment from last year when we returned back to Nairobi from our home leave. Our taxi driver was thrilled to hear we had been to Illinois because “That is where Kenyan Obama is from!” And that was before he even had the Democratic nomination! We may have moved further north since that conversation, but I was amused when I read on Kenyan Chick’s blog that the Kenyan people are celebrating this Kenyan son’s victory with a national holiday scheduled for tomorrow.

Congratulations Obama! Now go forth and live up to the expectations of not just the Americans who voted for you, but people all over the world who cheered for you.

10 comments:

LadyFi said...

I agree with you 100%. I'm not American but the outcome of this election affects us all, so I was in bliss too when I found out that Obama had been elected.

thank goodness...

psychoknitter said...

Grrrr. :-)

Corinne said...

We got up at 5 a.m. and rushed to the TV...and boy were we excited! I think the Norwegians are celebrating more than Americans??? J/K, but it is a wonderful time!

Anonymous said...

Politics is a fickle process. I can only hope that the Democrats, with Obama at the helm, can make the changes they promised without adversely affecting the economy and all the people of the USA. merthyrmum

Caution Flag said...

The best part? It was a smooth election and will be a smooth transition. He wasn't my candidate, but I will support him as president.

Katie said...

What's the time difference between Egypt and the US?
I was watching CNN, CBC, MSNBC, and other networks religiously from my family room in Toronto last night, and was ecstatic when I heard the news.

This is truly monumental for the entire world, not just for the USA. I am so excited to see what happens next. I think this is the first time I've been actually EXCITED (rather than mostly apathetic) about a politician in my life.

Connie said...

This whole election was positive. Change is a good thing. We need some. Hope is one heck of a positive force too.

Joy in the Burbs... said...

I just can't begin to tell you how excited I am about my new tax rate.
This will be good for the American people though. We needed it.

GutsyWriter said...

Born in Europe, but an American citizen today, I view the world "internationally." I want the U.S. to be viewed as a friendly nation, not an enemy.

American in Norway said...

Better late than never... YEA!