Tuesday, November 4, 2008

History to Tell Our Grandchildren

Nov. 4, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama, with his wife, future First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha.

32 comments:

Maria Lima said...

This moment is right up there with the first moon landing - which I remember.

Go us!

Beth said...

NIce picture - and how exciting to be here, watching, as this happens. Me too, Maria.

Now it gets interesting...

Nancy P said...

You're right, Maria. Did you see the tears streaming down Jesse Jackson's face? Just think, he was on the balcony with MLK when he was shot. No matter what a person may think of Jesse now, it's staggering to think what he and other Civil Rights leaders from the Sixties have endured to get to this moment. I'll bet they can hardly believe it.

Nancy P said...

Interesting and, maybe, exciting. Not to mention lots and lots and lots of hard work for a whole lot of people.

I love that photo.

Nancy P said...

Answering Beth from the previous thread. . .I'd stay up all night to get to hear this speech.

Kelly McCullough said...

Damn but that's a wonderful picture to go with a truly historic moment.

Nancy P said...

I just saw a cute headline from a British paper:

YANKS
VERY
MUCH!

Janet said...

YES, WE DID!!!

Free at last, free at last
Thank God Almight, free at last

Good bye to hatred, violenc, the entire regime, death and loss.

Hello freedom and peace. We have tons of hard work ahead of us though.

With much love and peace... Thank you so much America!

Congratulations to the Entire Planet

FARfetched said...

Nancy, the local (Atlanta) station was interviewing John Lewis, who was also there with MLK, tonight. He said he might have run out of tears for the day, but he might shout.

I have a feeling the Secret Service is going to have to really be on their toes, though. :-(

maryb said...

A night to remember. We'll all remember where we were when it was announced that he won.

Of course, I'm still sitting here waiting for Missouri to be finished. If we ever have final election results in the early hours I'll probably die of shock.

Nicola Slade said...

Wow! Politics just started to get interesting again! Congratulations, you guys. Pity we have to wait for our own election for a year or so...

AndiF said...

A night to remember. We'll all remember where we were when it was announced that he won.

I was on the couch, snuggling with Bebo and struggling to stay awake. It's really hard on a geezer, this historical moment stuff.

But my historical moment actually came this morning when Indiana was finally put in the Obama column. For the first time in 36 years of voting, my vote for president counted (not that I regret that vote for Barry Commoner one little bit).

Great day in the morning all.

Lisa M said...

What a beautiful picture.
What a good role model for the youth of today.

Hope for a better future.

Revel in those feelings and ideals.

Wonderful Weds. to All.

Kimberly Frost said...

I feel like I can breathe again...

Kimberly Frost said...

Thanks for posting the wonderful picture, Nancy, and good morning, everyone.

Maria Lima said...

Great day in the morning, indeed, Andi! I feel new...tired as all get out, but new and full of hope as I haven't been in years.

Nancy P said...

Wakes up, wonders if she dreamed it, turns on tv. . .

It's still real!

And Missouri still hasn't reported, lol. Will Maryb ever find out about her local races? There were some local losses I'm sorry about--Nancy Boyda, Jim Slattery, Kay Barnes--but if I don't want to lose a few I shouldn't live in Kansas/Missouri. Ha.

What are all you people doing in my bedroom?

The front page of the Kansas City Star is cool. Huge photo and the word, HISTORY.

Beth said...

Idaho was 75/25, and people are marveling at how close the race was. I guess you take your victories where you can get 'em. Good thing enough other states voted the right way.

As I said last night, now it gets interesting. But how cool to be here for it.

Happy Wednesday, all. Nice to have some good news for a change.

Kelly McCullough said...

What I'm feeling the most this morning is a profound sense of relief. Deep, in the bones relief. There are only two other times in my life when I felt like I feel today.

I felt this way when I got the call telling me WebMage had sold and I got it again when my schizophrenic family member was forcibly institutionalized and medicated--she's out now and functioning great. I also know that this is how Laura felt when it was announced that she had successfully defended her dissertation.

It is a feeling to be cherished even in the face of other losses, and I definitely had those along with the earlier times I've felt this way. My country has taken the first step away from madness and this is a treasure beyond all price.

Nancy P said...

One more day of politics on the blog? I'm so arbitrary! Sorry! But it seems impossible--and not right--to change the subject today.

I feel so bad for gay people in CA. What a vicious thing. Watching the tears stream down various dark-skinned faces last night, I made a wish that the long-suffering gay community will one day have their own night like that.

Oh! I'm watching the reaction inside The Abeneezer Baptist Church, MLK's old church. Wow. Joy abounds.

Nancy P said...

Beautifully said, Kelly. I couldn't agree more. Relief. Yes. Huge sigh of. And then a feeling of, "Okay, here we go!"

Nancy P said...

Oh! In California the vote on Prop 8 is still too close to call! There's hope. I just wish they didn't have to endure this insult.

FARfetched said...

Wubba-wubba-wubba… not much sleep last night, and a five-hour "marketing strategies" session starts in about 20 minutes. The "double-bag" coffee tastes like burnt ashes, but I needs the caffeine, I do my preciousssss….

Oh. Where was I? Waking up to the American dream? Yeah, I'll take it.

Beth said...

Sounds like you had a tough night, Farf. Hope it all worked out. Good luck with your day - thank goodness for caffeine, huh? Hope they bring plenty to the meeting - five hours??? Egads.

Dina said...

I hate to cast a cloud on the rays of hope but there is still a lot of work to be done. California wasn't the only state with a proposition 8, just the most visible. And most of the others passed.

So cheering, but girding the loins for action.

I do feel so much more hopeful that the action will be effective. And that the damage done to our federal courts might be slightly fixed.

maryb said...

Well, we're still waiting. Someone said they expect battles over about 7,000 provisional ballots. At least no one else is waiting for us to finish (and at least provisional ballots exist).

I'm excited by our new governor - I've been volunteering for him for 2 years!! So it's a good day.

Beth said...

Michael Crichton just died. 66. Cancer. Way too young.

Lisa M said...

Nancy, I used the Obama family picture on the blog in my lesson today.
I had the students tell me:
What do you see in this picture?
What does it say to you about the next President of the United States?

One talked about Obama's caring and wanting no one to feel left out.

Obama will work his heart out to put this country back together peace by peace. No matter how hard it will be, he will never ever give up on us. We have made history and this is one of the happiest days of my life.

These two students were freshman.
We had good discussions in all classes.
One student wanted to talk about what he didn't like about Obama. He did it so respectfully and appropriately. A young, black male that is excite about a black president but mature enough to be able to voice concerns. Allowed us to talk about how we may not agree with all the policies or views of a candidate or political figure but can support them any way.

You would have enjoyed the enthusiasm and interest of these young people.
Funniest was the discussion of bringing a little soul and the hood into the White House.

FARfetched said...

Looks like Planet Georgia goes into overtime… it's pretty likely the senatorial race will go to a runoff once the early votes are added in.

I heard about Crichton. Bummer, man. One less sci-fi writer, even if it was pop sci-fi, is a big loss here.

Lisa, that was a cool idea using that pic for a lesson/discussion.

FARfetched said...

BTW, I survived the meeting, although I was in stage 2 a couple of times.

boran2 said...

A very exciting day, and one that holds much promise for all of us. Congratulations to all!

Family Man said...

Hi Nancy.

What Boran said!