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Wednesday, 5 November, 2008 [20081105|09:11]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
[the weather today is |dazed]

Dear Sarah Palin,

I can't tell you how glad I am that you'll be putting the "alas" back in "Alaska", but not in the rest of the country.

kthxbai.

My parents woke me up this morning with a text that simply said, "Hi nani. There is hope for america n the world. 3 cheers."

I promptly surprised myself by bursting into tears, partly from relief, partly from shock, and partly from happiness. I had convinced myself that America would never elect a non-white candidate to presidential office in my lifetime, let alone a mixed-race/"black" one. But we have. I'm over the moon. I still look at our gloomy economic forecasts and entrenchments in foreign conflicts with trepidation, but for today, I am just glad.

It's Guy Fawkes Day in Britain. Inside, I'm pretending the fireworks are for us.
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2008-11-05 09:27 (UTC)
For about an hour or two, I had a procession of Japanese teachers informing me that the election was called for Obama. I feel as if I should have had something more to say than, "I heard, thanks."

I think that they were mostly unaware that I had been sneaking spare moments of the school computer to check results.

If "we" had won (that is, defeated) Cali's prop 8 too, I could be probably be much more... actively happy right now.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-11-05 09:32 (UTC)
Heh. We're without internet at home for the moment, purely by coincidence, but it was so good for my sanity last night. I just went to bed instead of staring anxiously at a browser window and hitting refresh.

Oh ffs, 52% yes on prop 8?! California, you disappoint me.
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2008-11-05 09:56 (UTC)
Yeah, disappointed. Great, my home state is busily unmarrying a ton of people. Talk about ruining the institution of marriage, "I vote you're not married!" Next step, outlawing heterosexual marriage.

That said, I have to say today is still pretty much a win, election-wise. Obama's apparent election being a very big deal.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-11-06 10:00 (UTC)
They're not unmarried. Yet. I foresee months (or years) of protracted legal wrangling over this issue.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2008-11-05 18:08 (UTC)
The last time they had a proposition like that it won by a much bigger margin, so I take comfort in the fact that my home state has become at least slightly less full of dickheads over the past year. It's still kind of harshing my buzz, though.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-11-06 09:58 (UTC)
This gives me hope. Two major points: all current same-sex marriages will not be dissolved, and the ACLU has filed for an immediate stay of enforcement against the change to the laws. There will probably a grueling fight over it for months, but for the moment, same-sex couples can still marry in California and those that are married will continue to have their unions recognized.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2008-11-05 15:07 (UTC)
I almost felt like crying myself - it's really caught the hearts and minds of non-Americans too.

Guy Fawkes - I can't believe Glasgow has postponed the big display for a football match. I don't care if it's Celtic v. Manchester.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-11-06 10:01 (UTC)
Bah. That's rubbish.

I sat in a pub next to the Thames last night - could see the displays in Richmond park, as well as all the local madness, which was quite festive. Hurrah!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-11-06 10:01 (UTC)
I have a mild hangover today, but it was so worth it. And definitely nothing that a bacon sandwich won't fix.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2008-11-05 16:25 (UTC)
The fireworks are for us. They're relieved as we are, I'm sure. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-11-06 10:05 (UTC)
Yes. If the headlines on the papers last night & this morning are to be believed, I think it's pretty universal across the UK.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2008-11-05 16:55 (UTC)

remember, remember the 4th of november

the streets here in brooklyn were wild last night. horns honking, cheers, whoops of joy, a few cherry bombs...the works. ♥

they're making today "obama day" in kenya.

Edited at 2008-11-05 06:01 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-11-06 10:08 (UTC)
Part of me is sad that I didn't get to experience the excitement firsthand. It hasn't exactly helped with the homesickness.

The internet has poisoned my brain. Every time I hear "Kenya", I start singing this in my head.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2008-11-06 18:04 (UTC)
lolz!

if i wasn't lucky enough to live in a certain neighborhood in brooklyn, i imagine the only other place i would wish to have been is grant park in chicago. the feeling of relief and awe, and dare i say it...hope...is so palpable, it's in the air, in the collective ether. after all these years, we're all so proud again.

everywhere in the world was a great place to be!
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From: nicklechicken
2008-11-05 19:45 (UTC)
I was so anxious to see what would happen that I never went to bed last night. Ok I did, but I slept less than 2 hours. I watched the news all night waiting for the official results. Ya know I actually thought McCain would have not made a bad president. I was still voting for Obama, but I didn't think he'd be too bad. But then Palin entered the picture and I did not like her from the start. Thank goodness she is nowhere near. What a nightmare.

KTHXBAI?

You Betchya! *wink*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-11-06 10:27 (UTC)
Yes, she was pretty horrific - and a white-collar criminal. Lovely. I wasn't too fond of McCain, due to his consistent support for the Bush administration, but I agree with you that given a non-Obama alternative, I would have had a more difficult time making a choice. I was getting pretty sick of the whole Bush-Clinton-Bush-(Clinton) thing. It was starting to look like dynastic succession.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2008-11-06 08:56 (UTC)
do you know, I honestly thought the same thing - that it probably won't happen. I was happly surprised yesterday morning :)

I'm happy for you and your country. I wish it had happened in Trinidad for our last election but our leaders and the people in the country are still too race-centric.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-11-08 14:28 (UTC)
I'm back to my usual pragmatic state of mind, but with the pleasant addition of a splash of optimism and a lack of the normal cringing feeling I have had since I moved here, when I felt the need to apologize constantly for my country. After four years, that's a hell of a relief.

Thank you! I hope it happens eventually in Trinidad, too.
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