I shed happy tears tonight when the race was called for Barack Obama. I literally sobbed…and it occurred to me that this election meant more to me than I knew – until it was won.
As President Obama said, we did this. All of us. We made this happen. And now it’s time to get back to work on a little nation-building here at home.
Thank you, America. Thank you to the folks who stood in line for hours waiting to cast their ballots. Thank you to everyone who sent their $3, their $10 and who sent whatever they could. Thank you to everyone who spent hours knocking on doors, calling voters, getting the “souls to the polls” (thank you, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner – you are a rock star!)…we did it.
I hope with all my heart that the Republican Party learns something from tonight… I hope they saw the happy faces of that crowd in Chicago, and saw the long lines of people waiting to vote…and they realize that they are on the wrong side of history.
America…the faces in the crowd in Chicago tonight…that IS America. White. Black. Young. Old. Hispanic. Asian. Male. Female. Gay. Straight. All of us. Together.
I hope this will be a time where we can work together, to understand that ‘divided we fall’ – and that we come back together to work for the good of all Americans.
I hope…but I’m not going to hold my breath. I think what’s going to happen is going to be the last gasp of the racist and bigoted Tea Party and they are going to lurch even further to the right in a Hurricane Sandy of anger and bitterness and hatred. I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but as Martin Luther King said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
It bent toward justice tonight.