The Day After

In general, I write my blog posts on the evening before they publish.  I time them to post just after midnight here in California.  I've just finished watching Obama's victory speech and I find myself at a loss for words.

I've told many friends that I "took a vow of silence" in the blogosphere regarding politics.  Not because I question my beliefs or convictions, but because Twenty Four At Heart is not a political blog.  There are plenty of political blogs and I don't think any of my readers come here to read my political opinions.

Briefcase and I are members of opposing political parties.  We're both very convicted in our beliefs.  In general, we cancel out each other's votes on a regular basis.  Our political "discussions" have never been more heated than they have been over the course of this last year.  

In spite of our disagreements, I pride myself on respecting opinions which vary from mine.  How else can we learn and grow as individuals?  When I ask Briefcase, "How in the hell can you possibly believe that shit?" I really want to hear his answer.  Likewise, when he storms out of the room because he disagrees with me, I know he's just trying to provide me with some quiet time.  

We've been married a long time and we're thoughtful like that. 

I felt proud of our country as I watched events unfold last night.  I was proud of McCain's concession speech.  He showed grace and humility and pride in America.  I was proud of Obama.  He has accomplished the American dream against all odds.  I was especially proud that so many Americans care so much, regardless of what their beliefs are.  

I feel hopeful.  Hopeful for the future of our country at a time when there has been so much dismal news.  Just seeing record numbers of voters turn out for the election is inspiring.

I'd like to hear how my readers are feeling today.  All I ask is that you be respectful of others if you leave a comment.  I have a lot of readers from all over the world.  I'd love to hear what the perspective is in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the mid-east, etc. also.  

Do you feel positive today?  Are you hopeful for a new beginning?  Are you just glad the political ads are over?  Are you invigorated?  Depressed?  I hope you'll take the time to leave a comment and share. 

90 Responses to “The Day After”

  1. SSG

    I think change is needed in America, in the UK, in the world. Hopefully this will mean change. I think, of course, there are still some things that I don’t understand about American politics, the gay marriage amendment, the “God Bless” thing, but I think this is a historic victory, and people will learn about it in years to come. At school I had heard of Abraham lincoln, but no other US presidents really. I hope people will remember Obama and that it shows to people around the world that America is not just a country if ignorance and rednecks, as it is easy to sometimes believe, but a democratic and intelligent country too. Well done.

  2. SSG

    I think change is needed in America, in the UK, in the world. Hopefully this will mean change. I think, of course, there are still some things that I don’t understand about American politics, the gay marriage amendment, the “God Bless” thing, but I think this is a historic victory, and people will learn about it in years to come. At school I had heard of Abraham lincoln, but no other US presidents really. I hope people will remember Obama and that it shows to people around the world that America is not just a country if ignorance and rednecks, as it is easy to sometimes believe, but a democratic and intelligent country too. Well done.

  3. SSG

    I think change is needed in America, in the UK, in the world. Hopefully this will mean change. I think, of course, there are still some things that I don’t understand about American politics, the gay marriage amendment, the “God Bless” thing, but I think this is a historic victory, and people will learn about it in years to come. At school I had heard of Abraham lincoln, but no other US presidents really. I hope people will remember Obama and that it shows to people around the world that America is not just a country if ignorance and rednecks, as it is easy to sometimes believe, but a democratic and intelligent country too. Well done.

  4. Gina

    i feel ….. i can’t think of a good enough word but i feel incredibly hopeful for the future.I feel proud, happy, excited,and eager.

  5. Gina

    i feel ….. i can’t think of a good enough word but i feel incredibly hopeful for the future.I feel proud, happy, excited,and eager.

  6. Gina

    i feel ….. i can’t think of a good enough word but i feel incredibly hopeful for the future.I feel proud, happy, excited,and eager.

  7. jo

    All I can say is wow! I feel hopeful about our country for the first time in a very long time. I also have been living in a house-divided (i.e. hell), and I am so glad its over! Both of my daughters and myself were very much for Obama, and it got to the point where I would have to be discrete with my discussions because the McCain side would end up giving me some quiet time also:) I tried having “discussions” earlier on with my husband…I quickly decided that silence was the best choice (over divorce).
    Now we can all just carry on.

  8. jo

    All I can say is wow! I feel hopeful about our country for the first time in a very long time. I also have been living in a house-divided (i.e. hell), and I am so glad its over! Both of my daughters and myself were very much for Obama, and it got to the point where I would have to be discrete with my discussions because the McCain side would end up giving me some quiet time also:) I tried having “discussions” earlier on with my husband…I quickly decided that silence was the best choice (over divorce).
    Now we can all just carry on.

  9. jo

    All I can say is wow! I feel hopeful about our country for the first time in a very long time. I also have been living in a house-divided (i.e. hell), and I am so glad its over! Both of my daughters and myself were very much for Obama, and it got to the point where I would have to be discrete with my discussions because the McCain side would end up giving me some quiet time also:) I tried having “discussions” earlier on with my husband…I quickly decided that silence was the best choice (over divorce).
    Now we can all just carry on.

  10. alntv

    After reading so many negative blogs, it is refreshing to see yours. I feel excited for the future of this country and can’t wait to see what it has in store for us! 🙂

  11. alntv

    After reading so many negative blogs, it is refreshing to see yours. I feel excited for the future of this country and can’t wait to see what it has in store for us! 🙂

  12. alntv

    After reading so many negative blogs, it is refreshing to see yours. I feel excited for the future of this country and can’t wait to see what it has in store for us! 🙂

  13. Kristan Hoffman

    Andy and I are both mostly centrist, though we do lean slightly in opposite directions, but last night both of us felt the same way you did: proud, excited, impressed by both men. I really hope Obama has a decent 4 years, and that McCain continues to serve our country with the grit and honor he has shown in the past. I truly got the impression that they respect each other, and if that isn’t a good sign for everyone, then I don’t know what is.
    Now all that’s left is to see where Prop 8 in California nets out… I’m nervous, but there’s still hope.
    Also, like you I didn’t want to blog about politics because that’s not what I’m really about. I think you phrased it better than I did, though. I hope I didn’t offend anyone when I said people matter more than politics to me. I didn’t mean to imply that those who blog about politics don’t care about people!

  14. Kristan Hoffman

    Andy and I are both mostly centrist, though we do lean slightly in opposite directions, but last night both of us felt the same way you did: proud, excited, impressed by both men. I really hope Obama has a decent 4 years, and that McCain continues to serve our country with the grit and honor he has shown in the past. I truly got the impression that they respect each other, and if that isn’t a good sign for everyone, then I don’t know what is.
    Now all that’s left is to see where Prop 8 in California nets out… I’m nervous, but there’s still hope.
    Also, like you I didn’t want to blog about politics because that’s not what I’m really about. I think you phrased it better than I did, though. I hope I didn’t offend anyone when I said people matter more than politics to me. I didn’t mean to imply that those who blog about politics don’t care about people!

  15. Kristan Hoffman

    Andy and I are both mostly centrist, though we do lean slightly in opposite directions, but last night both of us felt the same way you did: proud, excited, impressed by both men. I really hope Obama has a decent 4 years, and that McCain continues to serve our country with the grit and honor he has shown in the past. I truly got the impression that they respect each other, and if that isn’t a good sign for everyone, then I don’t know what is.
    Now all that’s left is to see where Prop 8 in California nets out… I’m nervous, but there’s still hope.
    Also, like you I didn’t want to blog about politics because that’s not what I’m really about. I think you phrased it better than I did, though. I hope I didn’t offend anyone when I said people matter more than politics to me. I didn’t mean to imply that those who blog about politics don’t care about people!

  16. amyz5

    positive. worried. hopeful. nervous. but most of all proud to be an american.
    haven’t heard much of that since 9/11 have you?

  17. amyz5

    positive. worried. hopeful. nervous. but most of all proud to be an american.
    haven’t heard much of that since 9/11 have you?

  18. amyz5

    positive. worried. hopeful. nervous. but most of all proud to be an american.
    haven’t heard much of that since 9/11 have you?

  19. Lo

    i’m scared, nervous, excited, hopeful, anxious, sad, fearful, engaged, anticipating.
    i don’t know what i am, really, just a whole big mess of ‘what next?’

  20. Lo

    i’m scared, nervous, excited, hopeful, anxious, sad, fearful, engaged, anticipating.
    i don’t know what i am, really, just a whole big mess of ‘what next?’

  21. Lo

    i’m scared, nervous, excited, hopeful, anxious, sad, fearful, engaged, anticipating.
    i don’t know what i am, really, just a whole big mess of ‘what next?’

  22. goodfather

    Hey, whoa! I have almost EXACTLY the same philosophy about politics on my blog.
    I’m hopeful. Hopeful that the new administration will be listening to the people. Hopeful that we will have a new direction for the country that doesn’t just create more problems in place of the ones we already have.

  23. goodfather

    Hey, whoa! I have almost EXACTLY the same philosophy about politics on my blog.
    I’m hopeful. Hopeful that the new administration will be listening to the people. Hopeful that we will have a new direction for the country that doesn’t just create more problems in place of the ones we already have.

  24. goodfather

    Hey, whoa! I have almost EXACTLY the same philosophy about politics on my blog.
    I’m hopeful. Hopeful that the new administration will be listening to the people. Hopeful that we will have a new direction for the country that doesn’t just create more problems in place of the ones we already have.

  25. CourtneyRyan

    I’m pleased that Obama won, hopeful that he will bring the change that he spoke of, but mindful of the fact that much like losing weight, it took us a long time to get into this spot, it will take longer to get out…
    Regardless of progress he makes while in office, I’m proud that this country has started to turn the corner. It wasn’t that long ago that a black man wouldn’t have even been considered for the job and while I understand that racism is alive and strong in some parts of this country, there were parts of NY that voted for him that you’d never have expected to vote Democrat let alone for a black man. That alone gives me hope.

  26. CourtneyRyan

    I’m pleased that Obama won, hopeful that he will bring the change that he spoke of, but mindful of the fact that much like losing weight, it took us a long time to get into this spot, it will take longer to get out…
    Regardless of progress he makes while in office, I’m proud that this country has started to turn the corner. It wasn’t that long ago that a black man wouldn’t have even been considered for the job and while I understand that racism is alive and strong in some parts of this country, there were parts of NY that voted for him that you’d never have expected to vote Democrat let alone for a black man. That alone gives me hope.

  27. CourtneyRyan

    I’m pleased that Obama won, hopeful that he will bring the change that he spoke of, but mindful of the fact that much like losing weight, it took us a long time to get into this spot, it will take longer to get out…
    Regardless of progress he makes while in office, I’m proud that this country has started to turn the corner. It wasn’t that long ago that a black man wouldn’t have even been considered for the job and while I understand that racism is alive and strong in some parts of this country, there were parts of NY that voted for him that you’d never have expected to vote Democrat let alone for a black man. That alone gives me hope.

  28. Missy

    I am tearing up again just reading your post and all the wonderful comments. This is such an exciting time to be a voting American and I am so proud my children are old enough to participate in this great process. I believe that for those of us who grow up in the 60s and 70s and saw the struggle for civil rights the achievement is huge. I feel so hopeful for our nation and for our country as a member of the world at large. I am thankful that we elected an intelligent and thoughtful man who will utilize the best minds, no matter what party they belong to, so that we can get our country back on track.

  29. Missy

    I am tearing up again just reading your post and all the wonderful comments. This is such an exciting time to be a voting American and I am so proud my children are old enough to participate in this great process. I believe that for those of us who grow up in the 60s and 70s and saw the struggle for civil rights the achievement is huge. I feel so hopeful for our nation and for our country as a member of the world at large. I am thankful that we elected an intelligent and thoughtful man who will utilize the best minds, no matter what party they belong to, so that we can get our country back on track.

  30. Missy

    I am tearing up again just reading your post and all the wonderful comments. This is such an exciting time to be a voting American and I am so proud my children are old enough to participate in this great process. I believe that for those of us who grow up in the 60s and 70s and saw the struggle for civil rights the achievement is huge. I feel so hopeful for our nation and for our country as a member of the world at large. I am thankful that we elected an intelligent and thoughtful man who will utilize the best minds, no matter what party they belong to, so that we can get our country back on track.

  31. Liz C

    Relieved that it’s over. I didn’t realize how much tension I’d been carrying until I saw them call it on the TV last night.
    Hopeful. Encouraged. The next few years are going to be a transitional period – lots to clean up – and it ain’t always going to be pretty, but like Obama said, we’ll get there.

  32. Liz C

    Relieved that it’s over. I didn’t realize how much tension I’d been carrying until I saw them call it on the TV last night.
    Hopeful. Encouraged. The next few years are going to be a transitional period – lots to clean up – and it ain’t always going to be pretty, but like Obama said, we’ll get there.

  33. Liz C

    Relieved that it’s over. I didn’t realize how much tension I’d been carrying until I saw them call it on the TV last night.
    Hopeful. Encouraged. The next few years are going to be a transitional period – lots to clean up – and it ain’t always going to be pretty, but like Obama said, we’ll get there.

  34. jill prettyman

    I’m hopeful and sad and worried, We own two businesses,and I think we will get the short end of the stick. I don’t think people realize when you add penalties and more taxes to small business, you hurt everyone. products will cost more, and there will be less jobs. I’m happy for how many people voted, happy that this proves we are more colorblind than people give us credit for and scared for my business!!!

  35. jill prettyman

    I’m hopeful and sad and worried, We own two businesses,and I think we will get the short end of the stick. I don’t think people realize when you add penalties and more taxes to small business, you hurt everyone. products will cost more, and there will be less jobs. I’m happy for how many people voted, happy that this proves we are more colorblind than people give us credit for and scared for my business!!!

  36. jill prettyman

    I’m hopeful and sad and worried, We own two businesses,and I think we will get the short end of the stick. I don’t think people realize when you add penalties and more taxes to small business, you hurt everyone. products will cost more, and there will be less jobs. I’m happy for how many people voted, happy that this proves we are more colorblind than people give us credit for and scared for my business!!!

  37. mama llama

    I have spent a great deal of time this morning watching the world’s reaction to the news of our new president’s election. A stark difference than that of 2004, when a London paper, for example, was all black but for two words: “Oh God”. I think a great deal of the world is hopeful and I, as a traveler, hope we can not only take care and work to cure what has been done here at home but also start to regain a certain stature we had in the eyes of other countries. There has been much damage done and we are seen less and less as a land of hope, opportunity, dream and freedom and more as a land to be feared, that doesn’t know how to take care of its own citizens.
    There is a lot to undo. We all need to be patient and we all need to be respectful. Hopeful, vigilant and prayerful (democrats pray, too). But yes, history was made last night and we are a better country for that. Let us hope that we can be a united, not a divided, states under our new leader.
    Be well, 24.

  38. mama llama

    I have spent a great deal of time this morning watching the world’s reaction to the news of our new president’s election. A stark difference than that of 2004, when a London paper, for example, was all black but for two words: “Oh God”. I think a great deal of the world is hopeful and I, as a traveler, hope we can not only take care and work to cure what has been done here at home but also start to regain a certain stature we had in the eyes of other countries. There has been much damage done and we are seen less and less as a land of hope, opportunity, dream and freedom and more as a land to be feared, that doesn’t know how to take care of its own citizens.
    There is a lot to undo. We all need to be patient and we all need to be respectful. Hopeful, vigilant and prayerful (democrats pray, too). But yes, history was made last night and we are a better country for that. Let us hope that we can be a united, not a divided, states under our new leader.
    Be well, 24.

  39. mama llama

    I have spent a great deal of time this morning watching the world’s reaction to the news of our new president’s election. A stark difference than that of 2004, when a London paper, for example, was all black but for two words: “Oh God”. I think a great deal of the world is hopeful and I, as a traveler, hope we can not only take care and work to cure what has been done here at home but also start to regain a certain stature we had in the eyes of other countries. There has been much damage done and we are seen less and less as a land of hope, opportunity, dream and freedom and more as a land to be feared, that doesn’t know how to take care of its own citizens.
    There is a lot to undo. We all need to be patient and we all need to be respectful. Hopeful, vigilant and prayerful (democrats pray, too). But yes, history was made last night and we are a better country for that. Let us hope that we can be a united, not a divided, states under our new leader.
    Be well, 24.

  40. Jan

    I have the same blogging philosophy you do – I stay away from politics and religion.
    Last night turned out the way I expected it to. Since I voted Libertarian, as I always do, I’m not necessarily encouraged, but I’m not ready to immigrate, either. Only time will tell if our 44th President will be able to live up to the hype.

  41. Jan

    I have the same blogging philosophy you do – I stay away from politics and religion.
    Last night turned out the way I expected it to. Since I voted Libertarian, as I always do, I’m not necessarily encouraged, but I’m not ready to immigrate, either. Only time will tell if our 44th President will be able to live up to the hype.

  42. Jan

    I have the same blogging philosophy you do – I stay away from politics and religion.
    Last night turned out the way I expected it to. Since I voted Libertarian, as I always do, I’m not necessarily encouraged, but I’m not ready to immigrate, either. Only time will tell if our 44th President will be able to live up to the hype.

  43. Wendy

    I think it’s a little scary, not knowing really what to expect. But thats with any new president in office. Just hope all his “promise of CHANGE for GOOD” are real and not just campaign propaganda.

  44. Wendy

    I think it’s a little scary, not knowing really what to expect. But thats with any new president in office. Just hope all his “promise of CHANGE for GOOD” are real and not just campaign propaganda.

  45. Wendy

    I think it’s a little scary, not knowing really what to expect. But thats with any new president in office. Just hope all his “promise of CHANGE for GOOD” are real and not just campaign propaganda.

  46. Deidre

    I am American, but have been living in Australia. I have been both suprised by how many people here care and are interested in American politics.
    I am relieved, and excited and thrilled for Obama and US. It IS time for change and however slowly it happens, i’m overjoyed that it will be happening at all.

  47. Deidre

    I am American, but have been living in Australia. I have been both suprised by how many people here care and are interested in American politics.
    I am relieved, and excited and thrilled for Obama and US. It IS time for change and however slowly it happens, i’m overjoyed that it will be happening at all.

  48. Deidre

    I am American, but have been living in Australia. I have been both suprised by how many people here care and are interested in American politics.
    I am relieved, and excited and thrilled for Obama and US. It IS time for change and however slowly it happens, i’m overjoyed that it will be happening at all.

  49. Sugee

    I’m SO happy and I feel an inner joy. I slept so peaceful last night. I am so proud to be a part of history and so elated that something like this has happened in my lifetime. It’s remarkable and awesome.

  50. Sugee

    I’m SO happy and I feel an inner joy. I slept so peaceful last night. I am so proud to be a part of history and so elated that something like this has happened in my lifetime. It’s remarkable and awesome.

  51. Sugee

    I’m SO happy and I feel an inner joy. I slept so peaceful last night. I am so proud to be a part of history and so elated that something like this has happened in my lifetime. It’s remarkable and awesome.

  52. Buckethead

    I for one am very glad it’s over. Now we can get to work to fix our problems. I have alot of respect for John McCain after his speech last night, and I hope that Barack will accept any help he offers, it’s going to take all of the USA to fix our problems, but I am hopeful now. May God be with us all!!

  53. Buckethead

    I for one am very glad it’s over. Now we can get to work to fix our problems. I have alot of respect for John McCain after his speech last night, and I hope that Barack will accept any help he offers, it’s going to take all of the USA to fix our problems, but I am hopeful now. May God be with us all!!

  54. Buckethead

    I for one am very glad it’s over. Now we can get to work to fix our problems. I have alot of respect for John McCain after his speech last night, and I hope that Barack will accept any help he offers, it’s going to take all of the USA to fix our problems, but I am hopeful now. May God be with us all!!

  55. Joan

    I’m American, and have lived abroad for years. The French and English have been passionate about following the election (and its outcome), and about the possibilities it signals. I am thrilled to see how many people actually turned out to vote in this election, including my two kids, who were too young to participate in 2004. Long live the United States of America!

  56. Joan

    I’m American, and have lived abroad for years. The French and English have been passionate about following the election (and its outcome), and about the possibilities it signals. I am thrilled to see how many people actually turned out to vote in this election, including my two kids, who were too young to participate in 2004. Long live the United States of America!

  57. Joan

    I’m American, and have lived abroad for years. The French and English have been passionate about following the election (and its outcome), and about the possibilities it signals. I am thrilled to see how many people actually turned out to vote in this election, including my two kids, who were too young to participate in 2004. Long live the United States of America!

  58. Tricia

    I’m many things today, but most of all I’ve been avoiding news commentary. I’m really tired. I wanted very much for all of this to come to an end, one way or the other and I want to rest a bit and move forward, united, hopeful, excited and ready to tackle it all. There’s just been so much hatefulness and I’ve found myself questioning so many, many things over the last few weeks…things I thought I knew about myself, but that were seriously challenged by having such polar candidates. I think I’ve been thinking too much :o)

  59. Tricia

    I’m many things today, but most of all I’ve been avoiding news commentary. I’m really tired. I wanted very much for all of this to come to an end, one way or the other and I want to rest a bit and move forward, united, hopeful, excited and ready to tackle it all. There’s just been so much hatefulness and I’ve found myself questioning so many, many things over the last few weeks…things I thought I knew about myself, but that were seriously challenged by having such polar candidates. I think I’ve been thinking too much :o)

  60. Tricia

    I’m many things today, but most of all I’ve been avoiding news commentary. I’m really tired. I wanted very much for all of this to come to an end, one way or the other and I want to rest a bit and move forward, united, hopeful, excited and ready to tackle it all. There’s just been so much hatefulness and I’ve found myself questioning so many, many things over the last few weeks…things I thought I knew about myself, but that were seriously challenged by having such polar candidates. I think I’ve been thinking too much :o)

  61. steenky bee

    I feel hopeful and nervous. I’m glad I have a pulse when it comes to our political system. For so long I didn’t. I agree with you. No one’s politics are superior to that of their neighbor’s. Open your minds….to everyone.

  62. steenky bee

    I feel hopeful and nervous. I’m glad I have a pulse when it comes to our political system. For so long I didn’t. I agree with you. No one’s politics are superior to that of their neighbor’s. Open your minds….to everyone.

  63. steenky bee

    I feel hopeful and nervous. I’m glad I have a pulse when it comes to our political system. For so long I didn’t. I agree with you. No one’s politics are superior to that of their neighbor’s. Open your minds….to everyone.

  64. KJ

    I feel awesome today. Last night, I smiled all through the post-election commentary because I knew this was a new beginning for us, for Americans. I am extremely hopeful that we are headed now, finally, in the right direction.
    KJ
    http://www.nanadiaries.com

  65. KJ

    I feel awesome today. Last night, I smiled all through the post-election commentary because I knew this was a new beginning for us, for Americans. I am extremely hopeful that we are headed now, finally, in the right direction.
    KJ
    http://www.nanadiaries.com

  66. KJ

    I feel awesome today. Last night, I smiled all through the post-election commentary because I knew this was a new beginning for us, for Americans. I am extremely hopeful that we are headed now, finally, in the right direction.
    KJ
    http://www.nanadiaries.com

  67. Karin

    I am excited, elated, proud of our country and all those other feelings. I also thought both speeches were wonderful. The crowd that attended Obama’s speech was out of this world, and truly shows the diversity of our population that is behind him.
    I only wish, for the sake of future politics, that McCain had been as gracious and upstanding as he was on the 4th. He showed a side of himself we hadn’t seen because of the manner in which he campaigned. I believe more people would have listened to him had that been the John McCain on the campaign trail.
    I am extremely excited for Obama though! He is such a graceful man – I think he will represent our country in the exact manner we have needed for a very long time.

  68. Karin

    I am excited, elated, proud of our country and all those other feelings. I also thought both speeches were wonderful. The crowd that attended Obama’s speech was out of this world, and truly shows the diversity of our population that is behind him.
    I only wish, for the sake of future politics, that McCain had been as gracious and upstanding as he was on the 4th. He showed a side of himself we hadn’t seen because of the manner in which he campaigned. I believe more people would have listened to him had that been the John McCain on the campaign trail.
    I am extremely excited for Obama though! He is such a graceful man – I think he will represent our country in the exact manner we have needed for a very long time.

  69. Karin

    I am excited, elated, proud of our country and all those other feelings. I also thought both speeches were wonderful. The crowd that attended Obama’s speech was out of this world, and truly shows the diversity of our population that is behind him.
    I only wish, for the sake of future politics, that McCain had been as gracious and upstanding as he was on the 4th. He showed a side of himself we hadn’t seen because of the manner in which he campaigned. I believe more people would have listened to him had that been the John McCain on the campaign trail.
    I am extremely excited for Obama though! He is such a graceful man – I think he will represent our country in the exact manner we have needed for a very long time.

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