Parsingtime

More Annoyed than Amused

Over and Beginning

Posted by parsingtime on November 5, 2008

John McCain gave such a gracious speech. Seriously, it was very generous and impressive.  I always feel bad for the loser. I mean they spend years of their life working towards this goal and then they don’t win. It seems so tragic. I will say that I felt no sadness at all when North Carolina announced that Elizabeth Dole did not win re-election. That woman ran negative ads like I had never seen before. I just couldn’t vote for her, she just seems so smarmy. And she looks like she has had a face lift and I can’t vote for a woman with an obvious face lift.

I’m disappointed about Propostion 8. If California couldn’t vote it down then the gay rights movement has been set back more years than I care to count.  Also, what is up with North Carolina still not knowing who won the presidential?

Barack Obama also gave an amazing speech. I know everyone is saying it but if you had asked me ten years ago if a black man would be president in my lifetime I would have said I don’t think so maybe fifty years from now. It is amazing to experience it just like it was amazing for me to see Bobby Jindal win governor of Louisiana.  Quite frankly I think he would have won even if he wasn’t black (I know, I know, I’ve seen all the numbers of new, black, Hispanic etc voters who voted for him but I still believe it even if it doesn’t make sense to).  The economy was the number one reason people voted for him over McCain. McCain saying the fundamentals of the economy are strong was not his shining moment.  It’s like when Bill Clinton won the first time, it was the economy.  And you have to know you are in trouble when people like my parents and their friends who own small businesses and make more than $250K don’t vote for you.

Both candidates made me feel a little teary because I really believe that they will/would have tried their hardest to do what is best for the country.  I liked when Obama reached out to the folks who had not voted for him and told them he would be their president too. I also thought it was smart and strategic for him to manage expectations by saying (something to the effect of) it may take a year or even more than one term but we will succeed (I can’t remember the exact words or find the speech online but you get what I mean).

Barack Hussein Obama, Congratulations. Now go do your job and impress us all.

Edit: Here is the quote I was talking about.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,” he said just before midnight Eastern time.

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you: We as a people will get there.”

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