What a long, strange trip it’s been. It’s going to be hard to imagine a world without political ads, elephants, donkeys, Romney cheers, Obama jeers, and vice versa. It’s hard to believe it’s all over, isn’t it? But it is! Election day has come and gone, and after record-busting voter turnout, the nation has spoken: Barack Obama is POTUS once more. Democracy in action, America!
I can’t tell you how happy I am about that. I’m an equal-opportunity musingist, and all political persuasions are welcome, but I have to admit…supported the President’s re-election and we’re all thrilled this morning. What was weird/unique about watching the election-night coverage was that I was oddly confident that Obama would win – I had weirdly placed my faith in the Democratic party back in September, when they ran such an efficient, passionate and organized Democratic Convention. Since then, I followed Nate Silver’s statistical predications/analysis (and no, he’s NOT A WITCH), and Silver kept saying that the electoral math only made sense for Obama (and he was right). So… I was oddly confident. It was weird. I think Obama might be an even better politician than Bill Clinton – only because Obama is much more disciplined, while Bubba is a glorious mess (I still love him).
Obama tweeted his followers last night, writing “This happened because of you. Thank you.” And “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. –bo”.
This election was a far from friendly one, but regardless of all the vitrol, one thing remains true: we made history today. Either way, it was inevitable. Either the country’s first African American president would’ve been elected to a historic second term, or the first Mormon man would’ve been elected. Both things show a deviation from the presidential status-quo, and points to a diversification to the American dream. Anyone really can grow up and become the leader of the free world, if they believe in it and themselves.
Say what you will, but the freedom of the American dream is something we should all be proud of—it’s what sets us apart from so much of the world. Freedom of press, freedom of religion, the freedom to choose who runs this country. We should never take those inalienable rights for granted. If you voted today, your voice has helped move this country forward by simply involving yourself in our democratic process. You’ve voiced how this country should set the groundwork for its future. For your children and your children’s children. And it’s a beautiful thing.
- Nate Silver Went 100% on Election Day: Super Accurate Statistical Analysis or Luck? (dailyfinance.com)
- NATE SILVER: As Polls Open, Obama’s Odds Of Winning Have Hit 92% (businessinsider.com)
- America’s Chief Wizard Nate Silver Had the Best Election Night of Anybody and Here’s Why: a Guide (gawker.com)
- The guy POTUS called first (tv.msnbc.com)
- The guy POTUS called first (kaystreet.wordpress.com)