The Last Few Hours of Holding Our Breath

So here we are, watch­ing the US elec­tion, this time from out­side the coun­try (and as if every­thing else weren’t so bizarre, that sit­u­a­tion is also a first time for Pam and me).

I’ve writ­ten less about pol­i­tics than I used to, part­ly because life went on to oth­er things, and I felt that I was just get­ting angry most of the time. While I am thrilled at the prospect of Barack Oba­ma actu­al­ly becom­ing Pres­i­dent (there, I’ve writ­ten it), I’m also too well acquaint­ed with dis­ap­point­ment (Hey, this morn­ing I learned that I did­n’t get yet anoth­er job inter­view I was hop­ing to get.), so I’m unwill­ing to com­plete­ly assume the best out­come.

That said, while I write this, I am lis­ten­ing to Oba­ma’s speech and inter­view when he vis­it­ed Google in 2007, and he’s smart, well informed, inter­est­ed in tech­nol­o­gy, and inspir­ing. When shown a net­work map of the world, rather than being daz­zled by the lights of the con­nect­ed coun­tries, he was spurred on by the dark­ness of the dis­con­nect­ed world, such as the con­ti­nent of Africa, to press for how we can fix that sit­u­a­tion. That is a World Leader I want to see in charge:

What a strange feel­ing it would be to actu­al­ly admire the Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent instead of despise him. I’m so used to apol­o­giz­ing for my coun­try that it might be a switch to actu­al­ly be proud of it. I’m hap­py at the prospect of such a prob­lem. Giv­en that the polls haven’t even opened yet, it’s a, what’s the word? Oh yes, an auda­cious hope.

3 Replies to “The Last Few Hours of Holding Our Breath”

  1. Some­times audac­i­ty pays off! Woohoo!

    (Boston has had an impromp­tu revolv­ing parade of honk­ing, shout­ing peo­ple since 11:15. It’s now almost 1am)

  2. OK, go ahead now, admire and be proud. We are, and we are in BC. I cried, smiled and felt some­thing inside that I have NEVER felt about a Pres­i­dent. My only sad­ness is that we can’t be there to cel­e­brate but we know it will take years to cor­rect the injus­tices that forced us to move. We were for­tu­nate to see Oba­ma speak at a ral­ly in WI years ago, in sup­port for Russ Fein­gold, and we were absolute­ly blown away by him. Lit­tle did we real­ize we were lis­ten­ing to the next Pres­i­dent of the US. He tru­ly is an amaz­ing man.

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