I woke up this morning and wanted to write a very different post than I attempted yesterday. For me - watching Obama's speech last night was pretty special. I had chills. I remember being in fourth grade and having a teacher tell her class that each generation has a few shared moments where you'll always remember where you were. I'm not claiming Senator Obama's speech last night as one of them... I think that would be short-sighted of me. I don't think the rest of the country was rabidly watching CNN along with me, waiting up for the cameras to switch to his victory speech.

But I had chills.

And yesterday's post included me making jokes about other candidates. Last night - for me - wasn't about being for and against the right and wrong candidates. It was about being a part of history (I know, melodramatic). A whole lot less about cynicism and sarcasm, a whole lot more about hope and possibility. The thought, "this is finally happening" and 'this is what it's like to be uplifted by a leader, to be inspired and terribly hopeful for what could be."

Yes. I know. This is a blogger getting carried away. But I'm not sure if it's the kind of "carried away" that I'll be embarrassed about later. It's too forward to sound "smart" but I'm glad I was able to feel how I felt last night.

I think this is probably enough. I'm typing this all out from my phone in a sign workshop in Cave Spring, Georgia. I apologize for any typos, of course! And while I haven't been able to figure out how to embed videos from this thing, I at least wanted to include a link to the speech:

I'll try to clean up this post when I get to a computer (fixed!), but this will have to do for now.

Take care.


BW said...

I PROMISE - haha - to clean this up when I can. Hopefully the sentiment is still there to find.

Anonymous said...

I have mixed feelings about Obama, but I do appreciate the honest and thoughtful way you express your enthusiasm for him.

Anonymous said...

I'm with anonymous -- I have mixed feelings about Obama, his past support of partial birth abortion for one thing, but I too appreciate your post about him. Thank you for sharing it!

Zachary said...

I agree with you about Obama, and I was right there watching CNN with you all the way from VA. It was hard not to be completely swept away by his words and I sat there crying over the possibility that this man may be president. His voice just struck me so hard I felt blindsided and I could not imagine a president without the powerful boom and energy his possesses. Got to love some Obama.

Josh Buckley said...

Being a political nerd myself, I watched the Iowa caucuses the whole night. I spent it flipping from C-Span to MSNBC and also had the self refreshing totals from the caucuses on my computer.

Obama's speech was pretty great. And dont feel bad, Ron Paul is nuts.

Adam said...

Yeah, I'm on the obama train. The whole support of partial birth abortion does bother me, but thats already an issue of the past. I'm a big pro-lifer, but none of the candidates would end abortion anyway, and Obama is going to do a lot of good things for the country regardless of his views on abortion.

And I can't stand it when people complain about his "lack of experience". Lincoln was just as inexperienced as Obama when he became president and look what he did. Obamas the guy whos going to bring about change in this country.

Itsa me said...

I felt those chills that you're talking about. I think a lot of people did. I felt something churnning up inside of me that I can only describe as hope.

...its not you, its your narrative said...

Barack and Roll.

BW said...

anonys - thank you both (your comments were a relief to read). I know my politics aren't everyone's politics... and there are (valid, probably... ha!) reasons to be excited for each candidate.

josh peapobdy - I am guessing you are as stoked for tonight as I am!

The Victorio said...

He sure knows how to say what the people want to hear, huh? Of course, I'm sure all of the candidates are very good at that.

If he's so against being divided, why is he running this race as a Democrat against Republicans (and other Democrats at that)? And when did his name become synonymous with "change"?

I'm not against Obama. I'm not really big into being super behind one person. I don't believe that any one person will change this country. We have to support their beliefs, and their entire team. When it comes down to it, I guess most people just use "Obama" or "Clinton" or "Huckabee" as easier ways of saying "affordable health care" or "woman president" or "Christian morals" or whatever they believe.

Yeah, so I'm not sure why I just wrote a mini-blog. Just what I thought about. Tell me if I sound like a complete idiot.