Well, I try to keep politics to a minimum here at That Austin Girl. (You know, to focus on pressing issues, like dance parties.)
I also know that not everyone who reads this blog is a Democrat, but hey! That's what makes our country great! That we can all have opinions and chime in.
So if you'll excuse me for a moment, I am STILL celebrating -
It's history! I had to hold back tears all day today!
I was downtown, y'all. And it was so much fun!
R., Nina, Sissel, Jason Silverpants and I were all at Mother Egan's, watching the returns come in. It was a loud, lively, drunk-in-a-good-way crowd, with booing and cheering every time a state's results were announced. Because we have all been so well-educated by CNN's Magic Wall (how much do the anchors LOVE that thing, btw), we knew the ones to watch: Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio. But then, they're always the ones to watch.
First, they announced Pennsylvania. Then Florida. Then - OMG - Ohio! All for Obama!
I gathered up R. We started walking to The Driskill. We were a couple of blocks away, when all of a sudden -
And a girl, out of nowhere, tearing down the street (um, THROUGH the street - Sixth Street!), yelling, "where were YOU when Barack OBAMA was elected president?"
R. and I started running to The Driskill. When we got there, there were people pouring out, shouting and smiling and holding "Obama Biden 2008" signs high over their heads. We ran inside, up the stairs, and into one of the massive lobbies. And here is who we saw!
Two cute girls, right after the big announcement
This gentleman with the rad shirt, watching the screen
Above, three generations of Obama supporters!
Awaiting Obama's speech!
It was one of the most special nights of my life. I'm so happy I was in Austin for it!
(SPEAKING OF. Do you remember that blueberry-in-tomato-soup metaphor I made? It's no longer true! This election cycle, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and DALLAS - WHAT! - all went blue!! Can you believe it?)
Anyway, I'm still riding an endorphin-wave today, and it was all I could do to not be completely distracted at work. Even now, when I think about his "Yes we can" speech, I feel my face start to mush up and tears wanting to come out. America, how does it feel to have a "rhetorician" as your president? It feels pretty good, doesn't it!!
But. Before we wrap things up - I just want to say one thing.
McCain gave one hell of a classy concession speech last night.
McCain supporters, I remember how I felt four years ago when Kerry lost. It was an emotional, awful day, with smeared mascara and wearing of black clothing. And do you know what one of your people did on that day? A conservative, a Bush supporter?
She gave me a hug. She saw me crying, and she embraced me.
Democrats, may we all be that loving.