The Chant is still, “Yes! We! Can!”

There were over 70,000 people at Grant Park tonight. Shannon and I (and my friend from college) were among them. We were part of history tonight. While I do want to shout from my balcony, I have to concerns: I have no voice and this victory is just a step in the right direction. In his eloquent and brilliant acceptance speech, President Elect Obama (I got a chill writing that) made it clear that we have a long, hard road ahead of us. Not just the Blue States or the Red States. Not just me or Lewis. All of us.

But he has promised to do more than Bush ever could. The simple fact that we never chanted, “YES WE DID” for long (and lord knows I tried to) indicates that Barack recognizes that this victory is just a first step to, “creating a more perfect union.”

Yet given how long and difficult this process has been, I think we can take a break for a day or two. Without further ado, I present some of the best pictures we have from the night, and a sound track.

Beach Ball at Election Night

This is the beach ball we batted around while we watched election returns. Insanely difficult for a nub like me to get a good picture of–but I think I got it in the end.

Shannon, Me and Mike at the Obama Rally 2008

Shannon, Me and Mike at the Obama Rally 2008

Left to right: Shannon, me and Mike. I wish Tony was there; however, he had to vote. Other friends and family were at the event, but given the glut of cell phones, our texts were arriving hours late.

Finally, the soundtrack is how Barack and I are related, albeit distantly (hat tip to Hill for this one):

15 thoughts on “The Chant is still, “Yes! We! Can!”

  1. Thanks for the post and the pics! We watched and yelled from home. Wish I’d been close enough that I could have been there too, but it’s something I’ll always remember.

  2. Marty, let me congratulate you and Obama on the win. Like you said today, the hard part for your guy is only just beginning.

  3. After years of “Buck Fush”, “No more BUllSHit” and “Bushitler”, it’s time to stop being divisive.

    ‘Kay.

    I’ve tried for years not to think divisively on a political scale. I stood behind President Clinton as a citizen while abhorring him as a person. I will do the same for President Obama, only hopefully without the abhorrence.

    Meanwhile, I’ve got hella bigger problems than politics. Not that they’re gonna be changed by anything I say either.

  4. You guys look great@

    No More Bush! No More Bush!

    Hillary 2012! Hillary 2012!

    While I am not at Grant Park, I can be seen over at Billy Pilgrims’ place at empireofthesenseless.

  5. 1) Hillary will not run in 2012. She’s already said she won’t run again. It’s time to move on.

    2) in 8 years, when did bush reach across the divide and eloquently ask for unity? Not once. He lied, called himself the decider and said you’re either with us or against us. Here’s the deal: I’ll let bygones be bygones if you will.

    3) thank you lewis. I look forward to raising the bar and having mature debates over policy.

  6. I agree that asking for the end of divisiveness at this particular point in time sounds unfair after the past god knows how many years (it didn’t start in 2000 either). And I have no regrets of contributing to the “divisive mood” (Buck Fush, etc) myself. I feel as strongly against his Presidency today as I did two days ago. I’d expect the same to be the case with people who feel strongly against any other politician.

    I won’t claim to speak for anybody but myself and hell, had McCain won, I’d be feeling pretty divisive right now. I’d realize he was indeed my president, elected lawfully; but I’d hate to think about it and would have no problem reminding every person who asked that I didn’t vote for him, that I couldn’t wait for the chance to vote him out of office, and that I did not feel properly represented by him.

    It’s been only one day, after all. Rome may not have been built in a day, but when it was finished, it was frakkin’ awesome. I feel pretty good that, in time, Obama will win people over (not everyone, of course) and remind them it’s possible to have a government that acts as a positive agent.

    Now I go back to shouting “Woooooooooooooooooooooo!” with immeasurable joy! 😀

  7. I’m where Torteya is. Yes, Barack Obama is my President. I’m not going to go with any of that silly “not my President” meme that’s been so prevalent since 2000; he’s duly elected, I’m an American, so he’s my President, and I’m going to accord him the respect that the office deserves.

    That doesn’t mean I agree with him. And it doesn’t mean that I won’t be fighting tooth and nail for what I believe in, and using the tools at my disposal–my vote, my wallet, my Constitutional rights of speech and assembly–to contest everything he does that I don’t agree with. I will oppose him with respect, and maturity, and grace, and (hopefully) good humor. But if his past voting record in the Senate is an indication, I’ll be opposing him a lot.

  8. And just so I’m not completely a Negative Nancy all over the thread…political beliefs aside, the Obama phenomenon has been an amazing sight to see. The guy is young, vibrant, energetic, charismatic, and the best orator I’ve seen since Reagan. And his story–from mixed-race kid of a teenage mom to the White House–is quintessential America, and should be an inspiration to millions. I can understand why y’all are deliriously happy as Obama supporters, and you deserve it.

  9. Mommacow:

    I’m sorry you’re going through a rough time. I see how one aspect can make the other feel worse.

    If you regret posting the livejournal, why did you do it? You’re entitled to your opinions and others (myself included) should respect your basic human right to have your own opinion. At the same time, we do have the right to say, “can you go into your feelings a bit more?” You don’t have to answer it, of course. But we can ask.

    I’m not going to. I would like for you to understand, however, that for the past 8 years, people to the left of Joe Liberman have been made to feel UnAmerican, unPatriotic and disloyal because we questioned authority. Our patriotism was questioned because we said, “you are not following the constitution!” If we are to have empathy for your situation, we ask that you do the same.

    I should also point out that one of the terms you cited on your entry also leads to this blog. The N*crat one.

    I hope you catch a reprieve from politics and you find the strength you need to carry on.

  10. If you regret posting the livejournal, why did you do it?

    Because there’s a chance that I won’t, and there’s not much on the internet that could make me feel worse than I currently do. (Except maybe goatse, but I’m not stupid. ) Also because after weeks of Nublet doing several toddlerish equivalents of “LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU”, I’m trying to make sure that I do, in fact, exist and am not a figment of someone’s imagination. 🙂

    I should also point out that one of the terms you cited on your entry also leads to this blog. The N*crat one.

    …I think because I used that term in another reply early on. I might be wrong.

    At the same time, we do have the right to say, “can you go into your feelings a bit more?” You don’t have to answer it, of course. But we can ask.

    Thing the first: I don’t mind people saying that, I mind assumptions. Stuff like the good friend of mine who once wailed in frustration, “But how can I like you? You’re Republican!”

    Thing the second: ask. Anything. Somebody asked a while back for my take on John McCain’s platform. I gave it. I think somebody else asked for my perspective on voter fraud issues, but Nublet-chasing precluded the time I’d need to research it.

    I think some of the tension I may have caused is…well, without going into TLDR stuff, I’m really really hesitant to get into conflicts without knowing the ground rules. And it always seemed to me that the ground rules dissolved as people shot off on tangents while I was trying to figure out what language we were speaking, for lack of a better term.

    If we are to have empathy for your situation, we ask that you do the same.

    I try. Maybe I fail. I’ve never thought all liberals are evil; I have too many of them for friends. I believe that there are some leftward policies that are ineffective, and some far-left ones that are dangerous. I think that the vast majority of people endorsing those policies are doing so out of idealism and/or their own reasoning.

    I should also point out that one of the terms you cited on your entry also leads to this blog. The N*crat one.

    That may be because I used it earlier when I complained about that particular problem. The ways of Google are mysterious to me.

    And reprieve is not a problem. I have voted and therefore secured my complaining rights for the next four years; now I’m going to ignore as much news as humanly possible for the next month or so.

  11. I should also point out that one of the terms you cited on your entry also leads to this blog. The N*crat one.

    That may be because I used it earlier when I complained about that particular problem. The ways of Google are mysterious to me.

    You did, in a dicussion (I believe) about the assumptions we make about people based on their parties or geographic regions. You were giving an example of something, and said it was hard for you even to think the word, let alone type it.

    Regarding the ground rules of a discussion, I believe Marty was going to try to set some guidelines for productive, positive, civil conversations on his blog. He started a thread asking for suggestions, but I think the collective readership got distracted by shiny things.

    Maybe it’s a good time for us all to revisit it?

  12. For political discussions, like loot distribution, I favor the DBAD form.

    Besides, I think both extremes are crazy.

    Also, I still want booze. Or to get story ideas out of my head, since they are making it hard to do basic bookkeeping this morning. Booze would help with that.

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