A Time To Be Proud Again, by nannymm

july_4_familyPresident Obama. Wow! That’s the first time I’ve written that. It seems unreal, almost other-worldly. Today was an incredible day, full of hope and promise, anticipation and apprehension. I’ve tried to reflect on what an Obama win would mean to me personally but my thoughts were all over the place, as were my emotions. But now that we know that Obama has won and will be our next president, my thoughts and feelings are beginning to come into clearer focus.

For most of the past eight years, I have felt less than proud of my country than I have felt comfortable with. At times, I’ve been disgusted and even repulsed by the actions that were taken in the name of America, in MY name. But tonight, I am so proud of America! So proud to be an American! Finally, we have shined a light on our best nature; finally we have lived up to that promise of equality. Finally. I can tell both of my grandsons about the greatness of America and of the American people, and really mean it without reservation.  When Canyon and Kaleb study the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence , they will know that, yes, ALL men and women are not only created equal, but that we now treat them equally.

I never thought I would see this day, when we would overwhelmingly elect a Black man as The President of the United States. I wish Barack Obama’s beloved Toot had lived to see it, also. But, the world is witnessing it now.  What a joyous day for America and the world.

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  1. I know what I’m about to write might sound odd to many but for the most part since 11:00 PM on Tuesday when the election was called I’ve felt more numb than anything, weird I know. As I was walking the dogs this morning I was trying to figure out the odd mood I’ve settled into and realized I felt very much the same way when my father passed away. And no I’m not equating the death of my dad with the election of Obama. However there is something similar in the process for me that lead up to both events.

    When my dad was first diagnosed with cancer I became very emotional, and in hindsight started my grieving process at that point, but the time he passed I had gone through all the emotions and felt pretty much “well here we are” when he did die. In a similar way I’m going through the same process with this election, my elation, my joy, my hopes were all expressed during the run up to the election. Now I more or less feel lets get on it with, lets start the work, lets remake America. I hope this makes sense to you all, not sure it even makes sense to me.

  2. dnd

    Beautiful post Nannymm. Yesterday I posted an email from distant cousins in France about how thrilled they were with the Obama election. Today I got an email from my (Republican) brother (who voted for Obama) saying his friends in Finland were thrilled too.

    They had guests from Zimbabwe who were likewise thrilled with the Obama candidacy.

  3. dnd

    Brian,
    Face it. We’re witnessing history here. On a huge scale.

  4. Oh I know that dnd, but as I’ve said I’ve been curiously numb since Tuesday night. I think my mood will pick up once we start getting cabinet posts picks, I do love the process.

  5. dnd

    Howard Dean was just on Stephanie Miller. He said they were going after Texas. Rick Noriega barely lost there. He noted that the 50 state strategy came about from his candidacy experience that there were people everywhere who were being ignored.

    The guy is a freakin’ political genius.

  6. No argument there, I love Dean as you all well know, of course part of the bonus points from the Obama election is going to be the database!

  7. chefsheila

    Nanny!

    Great post! You are one of those people who was feeling that same way as I was. Aren’t you glad we have all met?

  8. Also part of my dour mood is due to the ballot initiative in Florida and California.

  9. chefsheila

    Brian, I can undersand that. We were on the other side of the coin with the last election.

    There is a lot of work ahead and so I will say, REST! lol Lets just get light for a while and revisit all the excitment while we wait for that one day in January, cause after that, we’re going to see a lot more gray hair on his head and not a few creases in his face.

    But I’m glad he’s “In The House!”

  10. Of course all the dirty starting to come out on McCain ~ Palin is putting a smile on my face.

  11. chefsheila

    I know Brian, I lot of my friends are feeling the same way…..heck! I cant believe it myself.

    Just remember though, this to shall pass.

    Stem Cell reserach won in the state of Michigan. Thats progress. Its going to be a big job plus for Southern Michigan, being the the big reaserch center is is University Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

  12. chefsheila

    The right to die passed in Washington state! there is progress too.

  13. chefsheila

    TIme for work myself. I’ll see ya’ll later.

  14. nannymm

    Good Morning! And thanks! Yes, Sheila, I am glad we all met. Going through this with you all has been great. I forgot to add in my post that I understood what Michele meant about being proud of her country. Loving our country in not the same as being proud of what it does.
    Brian, I understand where you’re coming from. Now that we have elected Obama, I just want to get on wit it, too. Inside I’m screaming at Bush, get the HELL OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE NOW!!!! Suddenly, 2 1/2 months seems like a very long time.
    As for the anti-gay ballot initiatives in Florida, Arkansas, and California, the situation sucks. I will never understand how people can be so threatened by gay marriage. But, look how long it has taken to elect a Black man. Someday, if we all continue the fight, there will be full equality for everyone regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. I only I I live to see that day.

  15. nannymm

    This made me happy, Brian.

    Democrats Are Poised to Control Albany
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/nyregion/05york.html?th&emc=th

  16. nannymm

    Hmmmm….I posted a link to a NY Times article twice but the system seems to have eaten it,

  17. I released it, and yes it does make me happy!

    😆

  18. This also makes me happy!

    For Pollsters, the Racial Effect That Wasn’t
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/us/politics/06poll.html?hp

  19. God I’d love to be a fly on the wall during Reid and Lieberman’s meeting today!

  20. NBC finally declared NC for Obama.

  21. Cool, Obama won among Catholics:

    Additionally, across Gallup’s Oct. 31-Nov. 2 final pre-election tracking, Obama won majority support nationwide from women, middle-aged adults (30 to 49 and 50 to 64 years of age), and Catholics.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/111781/Blacks-Postgrads-Young-Adults-Help-Obama-Prevail.aspx

  22. chefsheila

    Rahm Emanual has accepted the Chief of Staff….finally!

    A good choice!

  23. dnd

    I think Emanuel is an excellent choice for Chief of Staff. Shame to lose him from the House, but them’s the breaks.

  24. Obama has picked a pit bull

  25. dnd

    That’s what you need for Chief of Staff.

  26. dnd

    Brian,
    You realize that aprilwinchell link is gonna make Shelia cry.

  27. That’s the idea dnd, LOL

  28. dnd

    Chris Wallace was on the Daily Show last night. Again, gushing over Obama. A closet Democrat?

  29. chefsheila

    Sam Stein’s Obama Cabinet Picks……

    Now I’m for the bes person for the job. But Sam’s picks are missing two important ingredients to a transitional progressive team, especially since President-Elect Obama has been using them in abundance these last two years.

    Women and Minorities.

    As matter of point, I feel Sam Stein’s list is more of a thoughtless retread of what has been there. But I could be wrong.

    Obama Cabinet Predictions: Who Could Get Picked?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/03/rumor-mill-what-could-an_n_140777.html

  30. Transition web site launched today:

    http://www.change.gov/

    Page is getting a lot of hits, it took me forever to get through it.

  31. chefsheila

    I just tried every which way but loose. I couldn’t..

    So I guess I’ll try tonight or early tomorrow

  32. It’s working now Sheila, looks like they are tweaking through the day.

  33. and I was just able to sign up to join them mailing list. Obama’s Army, LOL

  34. dnd

    Shelia,
    I think Sam Stein is way off on his cabinet picks. But that’s the fun of politics.

  35. Nanny:

    Very nice post! It is nice to feel pride again in our country. The right wing always brings up “Love it or Leave it” and “My country right or wrong.” I say, “my country right or wrong, and if wrong I’ll point it out and will work to make it right.”

    The photo over on April was great! Nice find!

  36. dnd

    Brian,
    “God I’d love to be a fly on the wall during Reid and Lieberman’s meeting today!”

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the SCIF where Obama is getting his first presidential security briefing. That’s got to make the campaign seem like child’s play.

  37. If you haven’t seen the Daily Show election night show it’s up on line, and pretty funny.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/index.jhtml?episodeId=209493

  38. dnd

    So Shelia, with Obama’s election, I’m thinking of starting a petition drive for you to be the White House chef. Who’s with me?

  39. chefsheila

    lol I would love it! 😉

  40. dnd

    Shelia,
    You’ve got a security clearance. You’ve graduated from the CIA. What’s not to like on your resume?

    I’m serious. I want you as White House chef.

  41. Second or third the motion. But, Sheila, will you still know us when you’re rich and famous?

  42. she uses velvetta in her mac and cheese and the white house is a velvetta free zone!

  43. “No decisions have been made,” Mr. Reid said. “While I understand that Senator Lieberman has voted with Democrats a majority of the time, his comments and actions have raised serious concerns among many in our caucus. I expect there to be additional discussions in the days to come, and Senator Lieberman and I will speak to our caucus in two weeks to discuss further steps.”

    Connecticut Democrats are scheduled to meet on Dec. 17 to decide whether the state party should censure Mr. Lieberman, the A.P. said.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/an-embrace-of-lieberman-not-exactly/?hp

  44. Former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod has accepted the position of Senior Adviser in the White House, sources tell ABC News.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/06/david-axelrod-obamas-seni_n_141860.html

    And some said he wouldn’t be willing to move to DC. hmmmmmmmmmm

  45. dnd

    Brian,
    You know damn well that Shelia mixes Gruyere with Velveeta with her mac and cheese 😉

  46. BTW folks I heard from Steve (aging hipster) he said he’s fine just swamped.

  47. dnd

    “Velveeta scares me!”

    Shelia’s secret weapon. ‘)

  48. I didn’t realize you’re such a fan of “govt cheese” dnd!

  49. Karolenna

    Hey, is everyone happy? Bet you are. Sorry I haven’t been around for a while, but I’ve either been out of town or just too tired after working all day to post. Plus, computer is really, really slow these days and I don’t have much patience with it. Need a good clean-up.

    Up until Tuesday night for a couple of weeks I just had that feeling in my stomach that was kind of a scared feeling of concern. I guess, Brian, it is a little like you describe in your first post. I was confident but I just thought “what if they steal this again”. I can also relate that to my brother dying. I knew, or at least I was told, he was going to die, but I still had this scared, sick feeling in my stomach. When he finally did die it was as though, well, that’s all there is. Nothing else we can do but grieve. Fortunately, this is not dying but it sure is nice to feel proud of your country and of about 52% of it again. I’ve had so many friends tell me when they travel overseas they don’t want anyone to know they are Americans. That should end now.

    When they called Ohio Tuesday night I’m surprised someone on my street didn’t call the cops on me I was yelling so much. I just knew Obama was going to win after that.

  50. dnd

    With all due respect to Hip,we’re really concerned about KDN, the official pooch of the backchannel blog.

  51. dnd

    Brian,
    To paraphrase Dave Berry “govt cheese” would make a great name for a rock band.

  52. Hey K, good to see you around, you’ve been missed!

  53. chefsheila

    Hey! Velveeta smooths out the other cheeses in the mix. If its good enough for Patti LaBelle, its good enough for me!

    I’ll tell ya. that Mac And Cheese recipe is “The one”

    I don’t know about the rest of the family, but Obama is basically a vegetarian. I think he adds fish and eggs, but that is all.

    I could handle that!

  54. Velveeta is Satan’s favorite cheese!

  55. “What the establishment types see as a flaw, we the people see as a plus. Palin doesn’t do things like the political machine. She doesn’t speak like a rhetoric-spewing robot but like one of us. In a time where the Washington conservatives have failed us miserably, she and others like Eric Cantor and Bobby Jindal, represents the second coming of Reagan. The attempted political assassination of Sarah Palin must and will fail and as the saying goes, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” A stronger, more accomplished Sarah Palin will step into the 2012 field and rally a renewed conservative movement. I’d like to call that movement the Palin-Jindal 2012 revolution. That will be change that Reagan could believe in!”

    http://www.redstate.com/tags/Sarah%20Palin/

    I wonder what kind of cheese Palin cooks with?

  56. chefsheila

    …..{{Looking Over Her Shoulder}}…….PSSST!

    …..{Whispering}} Velveeta……

  57. White House Memo
    Used to Early Nights, Washington Is Ready to Stay Up Late

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/us/politics/06memo.html?ref=politics

  58. Obama win shows deep racial divide in church
    Christians of color voted for Obama, most white Christians backed McCain

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27582153/

  59. nannymm…

    I too have felt the same way after the last eight years of Republican Nazi rule and have never been as proud of my Country as I was
    Tuesday night.

    It is a good feeling to be proud of ones Country again.

    God Bless.

  60. Sheila…

    From your last post. Anytime I receive anything from AARP I tear it up and throw it in the garbage.

    They sold out the seniors when they endorsed the Medicaid Plan that was passed with that enormous donut hole in the middle of it.

    All they are is a insurance brokerage firm and nothing more.

    God Bless.

  61. I put a new post up if anyone is interested. There I go again blog whoring.

    God Bless.

  62. Opps….

    Forgot the link.

    <a href=”http://america-weeps.blogspot.com/2008/11/free-at-last-new-hope.html”

    God Bless.

  63. That one worked, finally.

    Got to go and read the other blog where I’m known for my tinfoil hat.

    Take care all and…

    God Bless.

  64. Hey Nanny nice post, agree with every line. Just popped in to say hi, after another long day. Not enough hours in the day.

    Doots wishing you a speedy recover.

    Karolenna , doesn’t it feel good to see Ohio Blue instead of the state to blame? 🙂

    Have a great night everyone, I am so looking forward to the weeks end.

    peace~

  65. Rachel Maddow on Colbert tonight.

  66. nannymm

    What a day!! Running around after a 3yr old is HARD!!! I’m ready to hit the hay. But before I go, I must say I personally hate Velveeta by itself, but it does make a great chile con queso. See you all tomorrow.

  67. Well stated, Nanny. I’m still nearly speechless. I am also very pleased with what my GOP friends and co-workers are saying…at least when they are around me. I’m watching proudly.

  68. dnd

    Jobs numbers just released. Unemployment jumps to 6.5%. 1.2 million jobs lost year to date. Almost have of them in the last couple of months.

  69. Yeah it’s getting pretty scary out there.

  70. Top of the morning to ya- Happy Friday!

    Unemployment numbers by state

    http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/state_unemployment/

  71. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/08/business/economy/08econ.html?hp

    Unemployment Rate at 14-Year High After Big October Losses

    The government reported Friday that more than 240,000 lost their jobs in October as the unemployment rate rose to 6.5 percent. Above, jobseekers lined up last last month for a career fair sponsored by the I.R.S.

  72. dog's eye view

    Tucked in at the end of Borowitz’s blogpost on Palin hoping to be appointed ambassador to the country of Africa:

    “In other news from the Palin family, Bristol Palin’s fiancé Levi Johnston said he was “totally stoked” about Tuesday night’s election returns, calling the results “definitely a game-changer for me.”

    “The election of Barack Obama means different things to different people,” he said. “To me, it means freedom, dude!”

  73. they say that is an econmy like this keeping your job is number one deffense or getting a job. I was told by a friend that Suze Orman said get to work at Starbucks they offer health benefits.

    The loss of health insurance is one issue that can really sink a family if the bread winner loses job that provided those benefits.

    Has to be really scary for those one income families, in many sectors. Auto, Retail, Banking etc.

  74. omg Dog….”“To me, it means freedom, dude!”” sound like the same Levi from the his first MySpace page.

  75. nannymm

    Good morning! Those unemployment numbers aren’t looking good. It’s getting scary out there.

  76. I bet he (Levi) will keep talking….. sounds like a train wreck in process.

    Just a sideshow, at this point , and that is a very good thing!

  77. Hi Nanny,

    Just running out the door. I heard a report that said retail sales number for October were the worst in 35 years.

    Who needs that stuff, when you can’t even make ends meet?

  78. The sun is out… have a good one…..

  79. dnd

    Sra Burrito,
    Those state-by-state numbers are really interesting. Thanks.

  80. nannymm

    It’s going to be a lean holiday season for most people this year.

  81. chefsheila

    Its a scary time for us “Little People” that live of the government by not paying taxes…..

    And all these Ultra Rights can think of is Rahm Emanual and how to take over the government again.

    As a mater of fact, if Obama had to raise taxes on me too, I’d understand.

  82. The repugs screaming of Rahm is hysterical. I think Obama picked Rahm to keep the dems in line.

  83. chefsheila

    I think yor right, but I also think Emanual knows he has to be more influencial with the Republicans too. This is a “Work Together” to find solutions. Obama is going to need strong hard workers and its Emanual for sure.

  84. dnd

    I second that Brian. Emanual’s jobe will be to keep the dems in congress from going crazy.

  85. dnd

    Obama’s holding a presser at 2:30 ET.

  86. chefsheila

    Its on my alarm for must see. and now to getting ready for work. Going to be a looooonnnng day.

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