Last night I was chatting with some awesome women while we watched the election returns come in. When they finally declared Obama as the winner, I was just so suddenly, and surprisingly to me, overwhelmed. I couldn't even yell and squee, I just had to get up from my computer, lie down on my couch and cry.
You guys, I know this is a historic election. I know the many reasons WHY it's a historic election....and they all are INCREDIBLE. I mean...an African-American president? It is both mind boggling that it's happening now and that it is only just now happening.
To have so much of the country united behind someone they truly BELIEVE in is...awe-inspiring.
According to poll Gallup released yesterday:
74 percent of Americans say that the result of these elections are more important than previous years.
According to the US statistics office:
In 2004 there were 142 million registered voters, whilst this year that number surpasses 153 million.
Nelson predicted a turnout of up to 78 percent of registered voters.
Do I think the next few years are going to be easy? No. Do I think it likely that I'll agree with every decision the new administration makes? No. Do I think that so many people having hope for the first time, in a long time, is hugely significant? Yes. Am I excited to see the strides and changes our country is going to make? Yes. Do I actually think the citizens of the United States can make a difference? I do.
Can we actually change our destiny? Yes we can.