Monday, November 10, 2008

Yes we can!

It's probably a good thing I'm not home right now, because I'd just run around spending all my money on newspapers from the day after Election Day.

With the time difference, I was eagerly anticipating the election results around lunchtime on Wednesday last week. When I saw the results pop up on CNN.com and MSNBC.com, I was jubilant. My eyes filled with tears. I excitedly updated some nearby co-workers, who were surprised but serene. But like all the Americans celebrating in the streets back home, I wanted to yell and hug everyone and jump for joy. In my afternoon classes, I happily told my students the news and many of them responded with the slogan they've heard so often on the TV news — Yes We Can!

I felt emotional the rest of the day. Between classes I was glued to the Internet, reading the results and trying not to cry. I just felt — I still feel — so proud of my country and so optimistic for the future. It feels so good to know America will get a leader who appeals to the best in us. Someone who respects us. Someone with vision. It's uplifting.

A black president. It's something I doubted I'd see in my lifetime. Yet it's something that even my 93-year-old grandmother lived to see. My grandmother. Now I'm sure she never thought she'd see the day a black man was elected president — or the day she'd vote for a black guy for president. It's amazing.

Yesterday I visited the Newseum online archive for Nov. 5 and checked out all the headlines post-Election Day. Seeing all these front pages, I still feel tears well up. I look at them and I still can't believe it. Wow!

Probably one of my favorite front pages from Nov. 5 came out of Sioux City, Iowa.

Believe It. What a perfect headline. Even though the polls showed Obama way ahead, I think when we all finally saw the headlines trumpet his victory, we just had to say, "I can't believe it." Well, believe it, America.

Yes we can.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

This is a great post, Gail. I swiped the New York Times from work, and Dave happened to be in Cincy that day, so we have the Enquirer too. Something to show our grandchildren one day... What an amazing thing, what an amazing time. His speech in Grant Park in Chicago was enthralling.