“I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.” – President Barack Obama, from his acceptance speech in the early morning of November 7th, 2012.
My husband and I woke up around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and headed out to our polling station. By 6:45 a.m. we were done, and I was SO proud to announce that I voted for the first time ever, as an American citizen for President Barack Obama! All day I saw the posts and tweets pouring in, from friends and peers who went out to vote, braving inclement weather and long lines. And at the day’s very end, we knew the outcome. Our President, Barack Obama, was re-elected for four more years. He announced it with a simple tweet, which immediately became the most retweeted of all time.
For those who share my belief that Barack Obama is the right choice for America, it is a time of celebration and jubilation. WE DID IT!
For those on the other side of the political belief spectrum…it’s gonna be another long four years, and the level of bitterness and anger I’ve been seeing from right wing pundits and their fans has been truly disheartening. How do we achieve goals in a bipartisan way, when politicians who reach across the aisle are criticized by their peers for doing so?
Now isn’t the time for gloating or schadenfreude. It’s a time for unity and love, a time for coming together despite our differences. For my friends on the right, I hope it can also be a time for reflection and understanding. I don’t know if my head thinks that it will, but I have to keep hope in my heart. Without hope and optimism, I’d be lost.
Congratulations on another four years, President Obama! The people have spoken and we are with you. Now let’s ALL move forward!