Bettys Talk Back
It’s Barack! How Do You Feel?
We want to hear your reactions to last night’s election!
Whether you’re ecstatic, disappointed, or somewhere in between, we want to hear your thoughts. No matter which candidate got your vote yesterday, no one can deny this is a truly historic election for all of us.
UPDATE 12:00 p.m.
“Regardless of who you voted for, it was an incredible night for America. The passion and pride of the American public was so vibrant. I hope now that all the election hype is over that people continue to be so passionate, to follow the issues, to get involved and help bring about the change we’ve all so vehemently cried out for.” –Julie
UPDATE 2:00 p.m.
“Last night was surreal. I watched the results from a bar on the lower east side of Manhattan. (A band that had been booked months ago tried to play, but was booed offstage in favor of Anderson Cooper and his holograms.) Each critical state that turned blue earned round of shots for the entire bar. When they called the election for Obama, the bar erupted in cheers as Neil Young’s ‘Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’ blasted.
A bit past midnight, we wandered outside and fell in with other jubilant revelers pouring into the streets. Strangers exchanged smiles, tears, high fives and kisses. Cars, taxis, even a garbage truck honked its glee. A woman kept time on a drum as the crowd chanted ‘Obama’ and passed champagne bottles. Just as I turned to walk back home, a man in an apartment above flung open his window. Bach’s ‘Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ showered down upon us.
And for that moment, that’s exactly what we had. Joy. How rare, how brilliant, to see the whole world in a state of joy.” –CarrieTalk
UPDATE 4:00 p.m.
“I live near Chicago and on the news yesterday morning when I watched Obamo vote with his family, I felt like I wasn’t sure if I was going to vote for the right person, and when I did cast my vote, in my mind, I said to myself, ‘Why am I voting this way, when I clearly know this is not the man who will be running our country?’
I woke up this morning, and our country feels LIGHTER! Like there is more promise in a long time. It brings me a tremendous amount of joy to know that history has been made and that my children have been enlightened by this election, and that they learned about the candidates and their running mates and it was a strong election and it brought conversation into our family!
I am excited for the prospects that Obama will bring to this great country I am so proud to be able to call my home!” –Manicmommy
UPDATE 6:00 p.m.
“I cried while watching the election last night. Not because I think that Barack Obama will be an ineffective president or because the party that best approximates my views might not be able to manage a filibuster to slow down the democratic machine. I cried because, watching John McCain give his classy concession speech, I realized that a great, noble man got shut out of the White House because of George W. Bush.
I think this quote in the NPO summed up my feelings best:
‘The Democrats deserved to win, if by Democrats you mean not Republicans. But not Republican only works when you’re the minority party. Now that they’re in charge, the Democrats will define themselves by what they choose to do.
If they choose right, great for us all. If they choose left, great for the Republicans.’
Still, for the sake of our country, I wish President Obama all the best.” –GOPgirl