Wednesday, November 5, 2008

America rejoices



I wish you could be here with me on D.C.'s 18th Street tonight. This video does it little justice. Strangers hugging, strangers of different races and ages. There were people hanging out of windows, playing trombones. Taxis and buses and carsful of whites and blacks and Hispanics and Asians, honking, screaming, crying. Grown men, black and white, crying on the street. Hope is back in the nation's capital. Hope is back in the nation. My batteries died in my camera, as they always do. But trust me: The ultimate American story was told tonight, and I was here to watch it. So were you, wherever you live. I know that your candidate may not have won. I hope I'm not rubbing it in your face. I truly believe tonight was a win for American conservatism, which has suffered so much under the recent partisanship and nationalistic extremism. Tonight was a win for moderation. Tonight was a win for a humble international policy, a reasoned domestic policy, fiscal responsibility, cultural unity and the death of that ridiculous Bradley Effect. We will heal our environment. We will regain our position in the world. We will be that city on the hill again.

Know hope!

5 comments:

Brian said...

Ah! I'm jealous you were in DC to see that--that's amazing. People in New York were equally as excited, but a tad more subdued. Still, there was plenty of shouting in the street, horn honking and a couple of black girls cheering all down 9th avenue.

I wish we had trombones though. :(

Jacelle said...

I would have given my left kidney to have been there with you....

King Jimmie said...

Ah man, you should have seen the excitement in Utah! People were going door to door congratulating each other, babies were dancing in the streets, the sun stayed up all night long, and the state capital rolled out giant speakers and played "Celebration" all through the night. No one slept, the energy and dancing babies just wouldn't permit it!

Wendy said...

Awesome. Just like the city, it's people always shine. Great example of what elections should mean.

Like I told you before, I'm sooo jealous.

amelia said...

I can't tell if it's because I became slightly obsessed with Obama or this is the first time in 8 years my candidate for president won, but this election felt AWESOME. I am not brave enough like you to express my political opinions on the blog (other than pointing out that Obama wins the "Who would you rather" debate), but I truly felt like my voice was heard this election. Sure, Utah still supported McCain, but Obama actually set-up headquarters in Utah (in four cities!) and has made such a great effort to make sure every American felt part of the election process. I am so proud he is our president.

P.S. I can't figure our how to link this article in the comments, but did you read Utah is no longer the reddest state in the nation? It's Oklahoma and Wyoming!