Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Times They Are A Changin

I love Tracy Chapman's version of this song. Scott and I are drinking champagne, and I have a feeling the rest of the world just might see us in a different way already.

I think we already see us differently.

There is much to do and it's going to be a rough road. Plenty of people are bound to be disappointed that things don't all turn out the way they'd like, but tonight it feels like anything is possible.

22 comments:

CindyLV said...

Congratulations!

steve said...

Just got to Davenport from Elkhart--heard McCain's gracious concession speech while crossing the Mississippi. And it looks as though my vote might actually count this year--last count showed Obama leading McCain in Indiana by 1 percent!

Finished Chapter 20 (I think) of my Dickens Challenge novel. Next chapter takes place in and around Grant Park, where Obama just gave his victory speech, but 40 years ago in a very different world

Lisa said...

Scott and I still can't believe it. For the first time in my life (without having to watch old news reels of JFK and RFK) I am inspired and I believe.

Steve, Ever since they brought up Grant Park, I've been thinking of your novel. What an amazing series of events. And look at what Indiana did!

Stephen Parrish said...

After last night, anything IS possible. We've turned a crucial corner. When it absolutely had to, America did what was right.

Lana Gramlich said...

I was greatly relieved by the outcome of the election. Now my fingers are officially crossed.

virtual voyage said...

Congratulations - we got up in the early hours to see which way the tide was going to turn. Very interesting shake up this.

debra said...

#1 daughter called from NYC when the results were in. She said there were parties everywhere. She was absolutely ecstatic that her first Presidential election was historic.
She o-w-n-s it. She'll call again this morning. There celebrations were so loud I couldn't hear her. #2 daughter was in the shower and shrieked with joy. To see my daughters so engaged in this process is a gift that, coupled with Obama's victory, gives me hope.

Carleen Brice said...

Talked to my sobbing grandmother last night. A moment I'll NEVER forget.

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Amazing, isn't it? And wonderful.

Charles Gramlich said...

I expected it to some extent but was somewhat surprised to see how wide the world celebrations were.

Scott Mattlin said...

For the very first time as an adult; I am now willing to suspend my cynical nature toward our political system;... and it feels SO GOOD to be PROUD of my country!
We SHOULD be celebrating. Just look at the reaction from the rest of the world.
A milestone. This is a very good sign.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I firmly expect Obama will make lemonade from the lemons he's been handed.

iyan and egusi soup: said...

lisa, i'm thrilled we can share this victory together! it's been quite a journey. i have faith in the more we can accomplish--a long road? yes. but we will get there. goodness, i'm still crying...

Shauna Roberts said...

Ditto what everyone else said.

Ello said...

I didn't think I would see this happen in my lifetime! I grew up with racism. I didn't full believe it could happen, but I hoped and I prayed. And hope is such a powerful thing. A whole country who hoped and believed have made the unbelievable attainable. My life has turned completely around and history has been made in the process. I am so happy I can't stop crying.

Vesper said...

And champagne you should drink! Congratulations!!!!
I'm glad you're back, Lisa! :-)

Denis said...

A German product manager called me up to congradulate us this morning. She asked me how I felt, I told her its the best I've felt about our country ever!

Patti said...

you know how i feel, but i can say that i am hopeful for all that voted for him. it's going to be an interesting four years.

hands in the ride at all times!

Melissa Marsh said...

Definitely a historic election and I echo Patti's sentiments - the next 4 years will be quite interesting.

Yogamum said...

I am hopeful and proud and inspired!

Tim said...

Well, what can I say except that this is the best I've felt in years. We just pulled off the best trade-in in history -- we swapped a trashed-put junker lemon with only one working cylinder for the classiest hybrid ever to come off the line. Let's just send the new president prayer, light, best wishes, whatever we've got to offer.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful rendition of that song. Can you believe how timeless it is? Thanks for your wide-open embracing of the good. It's refreshing in our cynical world.

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