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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I have a mild hangover today, but it was so worth it. And definitely nothing that a bacon sandwich won't fix.
The fireworks are for us. They're relieved as we are, I'm sure. ;)
Yes. If the headlines on the papers last night & this morning are to be believed, I think it's pretty universal across the UK.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
You Betchya! *wink*
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.
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.
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.