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The Day After the Election

Less than 24 hours ago, the election officially ended and a new President of the United States was elected.  We – in this Zen Mama Wannabe’s household -  are overjoyed at the results. 

For the first time in either of our lifetimes, a candidate “spoke” to my husband and me – in a way no one ever has before.  For the first time, we gave money to a Presidential campaign (three times actually!) because we believed so strongly.  For the first time, we watched each and every debate as well as a multitude of political shows just about nightly because we were so engaged and interested in what he had to say.  For the first time ever, I cried while listening to an acceptance speech – and from what I saw on TV, mine were certainly not the only wet eyes.

When he was alive, my father would often remind me of one of his favorite sayings:

We all live under the same sky, yet each have a different horizon. 

I think about that as I remind myself that not everyone feels as I do, that not everyone voted for the candidate I did, and that some of us see it very differently.  Not everyone is celebrating in the manner we did last night and though it is easy for us to say, “Time to move forward, work together, heal the wounds…” it is harder to do that when you are on the losing side. 

I would hope those who voted for John McCain would try to muster the same graciousness and maturity as Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a co-host on The View, did this morning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K41g2ttyK4

I don’t watch The View, but in following of all the election coverage these past months, it was hard to miss hearing about the outspokenness of Elisabeth Hasselbeck who has been a HUGE McCain/Palin supporter.  Please watch this clip and hear for yourself the words she spoke about our new President Elect (and feel free to forward it to any McCain supporters you know who might need to be reminded of how you move forward – and not end up a sore loser). 

I will warn you that if you are like me, you will not be able to watch this clip without having tears well up in your eyes as another co-host, Sherri Shepherd, speaks up at the end.  No matter who you sided with in this process, I think we all realize that something far greater happened last night than just a man winning an election.  

Finally, since I’ve already admitted to all this blubbering, I will confess the part about Barack Obama’s grandmother dying a day before Election Day got to me too.  But I heard a man on the radio sum it up so well.  He said something to the effect that she hadn’t been trying to raise the next President of the United States; she had just been trying to help raise a great man – and so, she had already seen her dreams come true.  Well put.  And thanks to you, Madelyn Dunham — you helped make so many others’ dreams come true too!     

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2 Responses to “The Day After the Election”

  1. Tonggu Momma Says:
    November 5th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I cried. Thanks for sharing the clip.

  2. LarkLady Says:
    November 5th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Good video clip! Hasselback’s words are indeed gracious and well worth hearing… but it’s Shepherd’s comments that tear at my heart! Why has it taken us so long to get here? Shirley Chisholm was a candidate back in 1972 primaries; obviously we weren’t ready then for a black woman to be a candidate… but it’s taken another whole generation to reach this point, where we can elect a black man by a significant majority to be our President.

    Thanks for sharing not only that but also the thoughts of the man on the radio.

    Yes, it’s time to move forward… and not continue “politics as usual.” I hope and pray that Obama can move us forward into new ways of doing things — because the old ways have been slowly destoying us.

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