I’m still in shock. No recounts, no voter fraud, no days of waiting. A clear and swift victory; and, yes: hope. And I am actually, for the first time in a very, very long time, proud of this country tonight.
The Obama election night rally was held a very brief walk from where I work. I took a few minutes between my class and a faculty/ staff meeting to check things out, watching the news crews and secret servicemen and the hundreds of extra police. But since I wasn’t a ticket holder, and it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near the rally (and can’t hear), I reluctantly decided I’d need to go home and resort to television (with captioning). All classes that began after 3pm were canceled, and the school’s buildings were locked down promptly at 6. I hung around for a good while, though, in the dark, mild evening, watching the crowds pour in, and just feeling the palpable, crackling energy of possibility, and of history being made.