Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Being Affirmed

Whatever happens tonight this election has affirmed the belief for so many that all things are possible. Canvassing the streets with clipboard in hand to get out the vote, there was a group of young men hanging out donned in do-rags and saggy pants. As I walked over to them, they smiled brightly, rushing to tell me that they each had voted, most for the first time. While there is work to do to infuse personal responsibility and to legislate collective policy, the affirmation for these young men and so many others was well worth my miles and miles of walking to get out the vote. Whatever happens we have come a long way together.

10 comments:

Catvibe said...

I'm so proud of you. Tick tick tick tick...OY VAY!

judith ellis said...

Thank you, Cat. Canvassing was such a pleasure. It looks like we might just do it!

wmmbb said...

Obama seems to have been elected. He has won Ohio, and looks likely to win Florida. Great news?

judith ellis said...

wmmbb - That is the most understated question of the evening. "Great news?" Wow! This is totally awesome! Obama has won Ohio and Pennyslvania. Florida seems well positioned for an Obama win too. But as many others I am rather shy on this one. What time is it in Australia? 24 hours later?

John O'Leary said...

As I told my car mechanic (a McCain supporter) a few hours ago: as an American how many opportunities in your lifetime do you have to vote for a commie-terrorist? (And then if he turns out to be the Antichrist, that's DOUBLY historic!)

judith ellis said...

John - You are just way too funny!

Catvibe said...

WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO! YES WE DID!

judith ellis said...

YES, WE DID! JOY! INEXPRESSIBLE JOY!

wmmbb said...

John McCain's concession was about 3.30pm our time in Eastern Australia.

It just goes to show that 73% of Australian voters, as indicated by the Nielsen Poll, were not wrong.

Today is a momentous, historic, occasion for Americans, but I believe shared and appalled by many other people around the world.

Of course, I am moved by its significance for African Americans.

judith ellis said...

There is no doubt that the world has been watching and I am most proud that we have chosen one who will lead this country well and will honor others.