Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Exhale ...

I'm overwhelmed.

To Doreen, who worked so fervently on this campaign for so long, congratulations!

To all my Obama friends, congratulations!

To all my McCain friends, please join us in mending this divided country.

It is my sincere hope that we can come together and heal our national schism.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is nice for you to say that this morning, but where were YOU in helping to mend our divided country the last eight years?
I am saddened by this outcome but I am still proud of my country. It is the greatest country on earth. I will not ever be an Obama-hater as so many of you were Bush-haters. I know THAT is not what can bring us together.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I have always been proud of my country.

I have not been proud of what has been done in my country's name.

And Bush has been at the helm.

Last night, when McCain mentioned Obama in his concession speech, the crowd booed.

When Obama mentioned McCain in his acceptance speech, the crowd cheered.

That is what will bring us together.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be honest. It's easy to be gracious after you're candidate just won an election. I'm willing to bet that there might have been booing at the mention of McCain at an Obama concession speech.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Watch the two speeches, listen to the audio.

Yes, there may have been some people in that sea of 240,000 who booed McCain, but they were drowned out by those who were cheering.

I thought McCain gave an outstanding speech. I wish that the man I watched last night was the man who ran for president in this election. He would have had a much better chance.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Jeff Hunter said...

Congratulations to the nanny staters. Mr. Obama will take care of everybody now. I hope beyond hope that he will be able to break the politics as usual and solve some of the real problems of this country like Social Security, Medicaid, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Time will tell, I just hope he doesn't leave the country worse off than GWB did.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your statment:

"I wish that the man I watched last night was the man who ran for president in this election. He would have had a much better chance."

is such a recurrent theme, pretty much all over my peer groups. I think McCain will create a huge force for healing going forward. Thats the real McCain of years back, not the one of the 2008 election season, and its a very good thing to see him returning to his core values. I can see him doing a ton of great things going forward.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I'd like nothing better, truly. McCain has a huge following, and we need him to help build a bridge. I was struck, watching the first debate, by how he really did seem to care about the country. But the campaign he allowed to be waged in his name was one of the saddest things I've ever seen.

I hope wields his considerable influence to help Obama move the country forward. That would be a worthy lasting legacy.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

To Jeff and the always chatty "anonymous":

Wow. Bitter much?

It's also quite easy to be a sour apple about the outcome of this election when you're guy screws the pooch, as it were. Far it for me to paint people with broad strokes, but you chums seem like the types who would informing your Obama "friends" with relish how their guy sucked and such. Maybe you should emulate Sen. McCain, who acted with grace and humility last night in what had to have been one of the most painful moments of his life - not counting his POW experience, of course. Taking it like men and women may be the way to go here.

Just saying.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Jeff Hunter said...

I'm not bitter. I think Obama's vision for the future gives people no incentive to strive for excellence. I believe those who work hard should be rewarded not punished. It's a difference of ideas. However, as the great philosopher Paul Teutul Sr. said, "What was was and was is is." This country will go on. People that want to better themselves will do so in spite of the "help" the government gives them. I wish Mr. Obama all the luck in the world. With the mess GWB left him, he's going to need it.

I suspect four years from now the country will be just as divided if not more so. Robbing Peter to pay Paul tends to piss Peter off after a while.

Just sayin'.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but is this bringing us together as the blogger has so nicely asked?
Would you not say that liberals have been bitter for the past 8 years? I wouldn't say I am bitter and I can not speak for everyone but I am disappointed.
I respectfully do not agree that McCain's campaign was as bad as you say it was. It goes both ways and it looks worse whatever side you're on. Look at what the media and SNL did to Sarah Palin. What else did the Obama camp have to do? Unfortunately, McCain had to bring up a lot of things that quite honestly, should have been brought up elsewhere like the reporters/media. Say that I'm whining if you will but it's the way I feel. I respect that you have a different opinion about it.
I hope that I am wrong about President-elect Obama. I hope that he does a great job and I will pray for him and for his advisors.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Jeff Hunter said...

crap, I was more concerned about the spelling of Teutul then what I was writing. I meant to say "What was was and what is is."

11:04 AM  
Blogger Doreen said...

I left everything I had "on the road" for President elect Obama in the last 16 months. I believed in him and his message since he gave his monumental speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. I am not going to niggle on the "they did this" and "we did that" ... It has been a very long journey that has reached its conclusion and now starts another chapter.

I am proud of my candidate and proud of OUR country.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me through this ... like my dear friend Beth who sent me flowers!!!

And to the ANON's in the crowd ... pretty easy to make comments in the dark.

Come in to the light ... it is a pretty great place to be.

Signing off from cloud nine ....

3:05 PM  
Blogger KyooMac said...

I'm glad it's over. I also wish Obama all the luck in the world. I couldn't vote for him myself as a Marine and as a small business owner, his ideals are not my own. After meeting Doreen I gave Obama a good hard look, I just don't agree with his view of our future. Having said that, I am truly glad he won and not Hillary. The barriers of race are finally down. There is nothing in your way if you wish to seek the highest office in the country except for the person who looks back at you when you look in a mirror. W really screwed the pooch the last 8 years, but he did have a lot of help from congress. Who BTW enjoy a lower approval rating then W. History tends to repeat itself and I hope Obama doesn't run into the same problems that Vicente Fox did when he won the 2000 election in Mexico. So many looked to him to solve Mexico's problems and his congress got in the way. Obama's biggest problem will not be those who voted for McCain, who believe "Country First," but members of his own party who run Congress. Pelosi will now be the most powerful speaker of my generation. And let's not forget, "Power corrupts."


5:46 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Norberto: Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I wish all McCain supporters and Obama supporters could talk to each other on such an intelligent, rational level.

In my heart, I knew Obama would win. And in my heart, I know he'll be a great president. He faces a lot of challenges, to be sure, but he has the better part of a planet rooting for him. And an army of volunteers out here who will continue to help in whatever ways we can.

We'll do our best to make the world a better place for your little munchkin.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I, too, tried very hard to see if I could agree with Obama on many points and be able to cast a vote for him. In the end, I could not do it. I do not believe him to be a bad person, I simply do not believe he is a strict constructionist and that he leans to much toward socialism for my tastes. I still believe that the only way to improve your future is self-reliance and not to wait for government to swoop in and do it for you. I hope that he can battle the likes of Pelosi and win, but I fear that he is far outnumbered in his own party.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Mercurie said...

I must say I am glad that Obama won myself. My thoughts is that McCain would simply have continued Bush's policies and further divided the United States even more. What's more is that I think Palin would be even more divisive. I think we would see the United States going even further into depression--quite simply, McCain would be Herbert Hoover for the 21st century.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Obama the best although I could not vote for him myself. He made an awful lot of promises to an awful lot of people and groups. We'll see what he can and can't do. I was so relieved to hear the above comment regarding the approval ratings. I, for one, am not one who disapproves of W. Yes, he made mistakes. I think though, that he is a good man and I think he had a hard go with 9/11 happening at the beginning of his first term.
I appreciate the friendly comments. Agree or disagree but don't condemn each other.

8:59 PM  
Blogger KyooMac said...

Beth, I especially like your comment of leaving the world a better place for my daughter. But I consider you a friend and would not expect anything less. Where the kool-aid doesn't sit well with me is this. I do not believe it is your job as a Democrat to make my daughter's world better, it is my job. I am her father. Scream individualist at me all you want, it is my job and my job alone. The village argument doesn't fly well with me because too many chefs in the kitchen ruin the soup. We agree to disagree on this issue, but I am disappointed you have not begun selling your cookies yet. Because if you had your own business selling cookies, you might come to the dark side.

11:25 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Norberto, my friend: I'm not suggesting that it's my job as a Democrat to make your daughter's world better. Of course all parents hold the primary responsibility for making the best possible lives for their children. We completely agree on that point. But surely, it is all of our responsibilities as residents of this planet,regardless of party or other affiliations, to make the world a better place, in general. That's what I was talking about.

But I'm happy that we can talk about it in the first place. Hugs all around.

5:32 AM  

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