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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

YES WE CAN.

Yes, Obama. What a thrill.

What was your voting experience like? Oh my goodness, I voted under the wire. Toby went to bed, Alex got home, and I literally ran to our polling site at 8:55pm. People on the streets were yelling, "You can make it!!!" Later, as we were following the election results on TV, we could see the Empire State Building from our window and watched as the blue line rose higher and higher.

Obama's speech was fantastic. More great photos here. And remember this shot?

How do you feel about his win?

(Top photo by Doug Mills for the New York Times)

453 comments:

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Helena said...

Although I wasn't able to vote (I'm Swedish), I rejoice with all of you who did and congratulate you all; I could not be happier or more relieved. I work in sexual/reproductive health in developing countries and I know, first hand, how incredibly important this election was for women's right to good, safe care that respect their right to decide over their own bodies. Believe me, I was working in this same field when Bush was in power and it was so much more difficult, if not impossible, to give good, evidence based sexual/reproductive care to the women we worked with. As soon as Obama came to power, he got rid of those horrible gag-laws that the republicans love and it made all the difference.

Also, I have a little daughter of 9 months who has dual citizenship (Swedish/USA) and I want her to grow up in a country (we live in the US) where she can decide over her own body, where women's rights are respected and where she has the right to marry whom ever she falls in love with. So thank you, USA, for electing a president who can make this happen.

Karin said...

I am relieved! and I am from Sweden, living in Denmark though. I am glad you made it! I love to read your posts the important and the less important once. To me you seem to be great mother, an ambitious worker and a smart and honest person. All the best

Ana Simões said...

I am thrilled; my husband woke me up at 5 am (here in Lisbon) to let me know Obama won. Everyone was so, so scared (specially regarding the whole Israeli issue) that Romney would win...
I think it's amazing and the way portuguese people were celebrating today, you could almost think that he was about to become our president.
Great decision, America!!

Aisha Lyric Poole said...

I live in Utah a very conservative republican state and I was in the small percent that voted Obama. Yes, what a thrill.

McKenzie said...

I was so happy!! I'm a New Zealander but I was still rooting for Obama so I was thrilled! 4 more years! :)

http://currentlylovingblog.blogspot.com/

Aileen said...

Stephanie,
With all due respect, if you are so qualified to talk about the issues, why are you using the comments section of a blog that discusses "10 ways to wear a ponytail, or cute games to play with your kid" as a forum for your expertise? Stop bullying. Be respectful. And if you can't respect a difference in opinion or respecting someone's right to express their opinion, then...it seems you shouldn't be reading someone's personal blog.

Stella said...

Excited!! I really want to watch his acceptance speech--heard it was fabulous. But I'll have to wait until I get home from work tonight.

Nina said...

This election has been stressful and divisive and, through this process, I've honestly lost respect for some friends. BUT, now that its over, whether you are happy with the results or devastated, I think now is the perfect time to think about how WE can contribute to this country. Lets all donate blood, or volunteer with a cause you find important.

Just one question: how is everyone so sure of what the future holds? I know that we had over a year of speeches and debates and commercials, but how do we really know what the effects of these politicians will be until decades later?

Rachael Mulder said...

This is how I feel. Our country is losing the values that built it. I'm scared for the future of my child but take peace in the fact that God is in control, like you said! And quite frankly, I'm shocked at how people are so excited that Obama won... it seems unfathomable to me to want him as our President for another dreadful four years.

Ashley Williams said...

Jo - I've loved reading through all these comments. Thank you for creating a space where women on both sides feel safe expressing their honest opinion. As polarized as politics are today, it is rare to find a place where everyone's views can be heard and respected.

Rachael Mulder said...

It is great for women to choose what happens to their own bodies, but not the fate of an innocent, unborn child.

Lena said...

i'm thrilled. and relieved.
bravo for writing this post, joanna!
hugs, lena

Annie said...

I *did* vote for what is right for the economy. Trickle down economics simply does not work. And Obama's policies are slowly but surely helping Americans get on their feet.

Missing Tercy said...

My four year old son came running up the stairs this morning and asked who won the election. When I told him, "Obama" and did a little dance, he replied, "Yessssss!!!" Then he looked very seriously at me and said, "Mommy, it's like when you win Hi-Ho Cheerio. You say good game and don't make other people feel bad for not winning" Perfect reminder.

Christy Lube said...

It's not so much that the economy is more important... but that if our debt is called to repayment that we cannot make, those social issues will no longer be up to us, and it's all because of the economy. We can't decide our own social issues when we are "owned" by someone else.

Cassidy Short said...

So happy! :) So happy for AMERICA! Wishing him & all of the elected members of Congress the best in moving our country forward!

xoxo
Cassidy

http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/2012/11/autumn-neutrals-sparkle-knit.html

Beki said...

I love this blog even more for bringing up politics. I like that you are well rounded Joanna!

Margaret H. said...

I feel worried.....worried for my children's future when all the overspending comes to a head. They will be the ones paying for it. Not us. I don't understand how everyone can be so excited when we have left our children with such a burden....their quality of life will be diminished. BTW, I am not a Republican, nor was I a supporter of Bush. I want real change and a President, of any affiliation, who believes in a balanced budget.

M Hood said...

Not thrilled at all. I dislike both candidates, and voted my own voice.
Neither one of them could've thrilled me or make me happy.

lillian said...

I cried tears of joy and actually woke up my 3 and a half year old to tell her (dangerous, I know). she groggily asked if it was the nice man who helps people and I said yes--I believe in indoctrinating early :). she smiled and promptly rolled over with her doll and blanket and fell back asleep.

igotsapoodle said...

As a young woman, a student, and particularly a student in the Humanities, I'm relieved.

Lauren Doxey said...

I am really impressed with you that you are brave enough to make a political post. Good for you for sticking to what you believe in and not being afraid to promote it and discuss it. I could never do that, I can't ever talk about politics, I don't want to make anyone angry.

laurenofthedoxey.blogspot.com

Sara said...

It will be okay. I mean, we made it through 8 years with George W. at the helm and it can't possibly get worse than that! :) LOL

janelle said...

I feel sick to my stomach. Literally.

Lauren Doxey said...

I myself cried as well. What a sad day for our country. But I believe in democracy, I acknowledge he has some good ideas and is trying to make a difference, just not in a way I agree with. God is in control, and therefore, everything is going to be okay.

Sara said...

You have achieved FAVORITE BLOGGER status for posting this today. :) It means a lot, as does your support of marriage equality.

Joanne said...

I'm so glad he's getting the chance to do what he set out to do. I hope the house/senate work with him this time. This time around I got involved with the campaign locally, working at the headquarters, calling voters in battleground states. It was honestly so cool to be with like minded people supporting your candidate. I totally suggest everyone try it once. Four more years isn't a long time but I know we can make some positive strides if we work together :) love the post.

Katie K said...

Relieved and proud and excited! Obama is here for four more years and I'm excited to see what happens next. But beyond that, there were so many positive things that came out of this election. Women came out in droves and defeated candidates who had antiquated ideas about rape and choice and the importance of healthcare. Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin to the US Senate, making her the first female US senator in the state's history AND making her the first openly gay member of the Senate. Four states voted on the subject of gay marriage, and all four of those states supported gay and lesbian couples and their right to the same rights as straight couples. Republicans attempts to restrict voting didn't work! (Perhaps they should take those brilliant brains of theirs and focus on figuring out how to update their party and make it relevant for the next generation of voters.)

Little Bitty Damn Houze said...

I'm Happy! President Obama Happy!!

eKim said...

Although I am not a fan of the tax hike that'll go into effect in January I am so relieved that Romney did NOT win.
But goodness it must have been awesome to have been in NYC last night!

goodnightstars said...

Joana, so it's not "killing" if it's done in time? At what point during a pregnancy is it considered "killing?" Where is the line drawn?

I'm not a pro-life extremist, I'm just wondering about your logic.

Julie said...

To be honest, I wasn't too happy with the results. I think Obama is a good man who wants the best for the country. We just happen to have different ideas about how to get there. I'm happy to live in a country where I have the right to vote. Hopefully no matter who people voted for we can respect the people who are in office and work towards positive change over the next four years.

goodnightstars said...

She posts about practically everything, so why in the world would she ignore or gloss over a huge part of reality?

LB said...

I am relieved that all the money in the world (or at least the Caymans and Switzerland and in the largest corporations in America) cannot buy anyone's way into the White House. At least for another few years.

For anyone who thinks we are worse off today than we were four years ago, you must have been living on a different planet then. Maybe your situation is worse off, and that's unfortunate, but as a whole, our country is stronger. We still have every right we did before - guns, religious beliefs, free speech - and now, a few more people even have the right to get married.

The Romney of 2003 could have won. A moderate businessman who implemented healthcare reform in MA and had some open-minded views on social issues. But he catered to the extreme right, and it brought him down. Maybe the GOP party will approach their platform differently in 2016. Or, maybe they'll still be stuck in 1955.

ballain said...

I am not american, but must say I was really happy this morning when I woke up and saw the news here in Brazil!! Well done US!! :)

Mimi said...

What unnecessary nastiness. I've never understood the need to make personal attacks on others just because you don't agree with them. Other posters have been so graceful in voicing their dissenting opinions and I applaud them. And I love your blog Joanna!

I think that whatever a person's political views may be, the current state of the nation cannot be blamed on one person. It's been a legacy in the making for many years and both Republicans and Democrats are to blame. It's disappointing to see how much bipartisanship the Pres has had to face because our government does not work together. One of my Republican friends on facebook gloated by saying "It's not over yet folks. It's not like he can get anything done" referring to the expectable gridlock to come. How sad and demoralizing.

What I'm really excited for is Hilary 2016!!! In the meantime, hopefully we can focus on being kinder to each other, especially as women.

Helena said...

Rachael,

First and foremost, the great majority of of all abortions in the US (88%) are obtained in the first trimester and half are carried out in the first 8 weeks. To me, at this stage in pregnancy, a woman is not carrying a child, but a fetus/embryo that I do not believe have rights. Of course, this is a philosophical question, but I do not believe that life starts at conception.

Also, the republican platform denotes contraceptive education in schools and only advises kids to abstain from sex. Again and again, this stance has proved NOT to work and instead kids get pregnant and contract STIs. Thankfully, Obama and the democratic platform advocate access to info, preventive care and products that can help reduce the incidence of abortions.

Suse said...

Nope. You got it soooo right. We need more people like you in the good ole USA...

Sarah said...

I am a huge Obama supporter and happy to be living a liberal area. I have to say though, the out lash from family and friends around the country that were disappointed with the election is really upsetting me today. I have sworn off Facebook and phone calls for the rest of the week. I will read my blogs and stay away until this blows over. It's good to hear upbeat attitudes on here!

Rachel said...

Same here Lindsay. Being denied the right to life because you do not have enough money is not an American ideal.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" - Declaration of Independence

Jana Miller said...

I didn't vote for Obama and I'm not happy about the outcome of the elections. I think he had a tough job but I also think he dropped the ball in many areas not involving the economy. I guess we will find out this next 4 years. BTW I don't think Romney would have been a perfect president either but the better of the two. I'm not looking to start an argument.

Sarah said...

Exactly. It was "Which candidate has the most famous friends?"

Gay marriage won't do anyone any good if there's no money anywhere to sustain life after the marriage.

Aloha přátelé... said...

Stayed up and watched all night from the Czech Republic...so happy!!!!

Sarah said...

I've not seen as many sore losers as I have poor winners.

junebug said...

So disappointed. On so many levels.

Kristy said...

As a blue girl in one of the reddest states in the country (Idaho), I am totally thrilled with the outcome! I'm even more thrilled, though, at what happened at the state level with marriage equality and other important social issues. Very proud of my state for a resounding rejection to some crazy educational "reform" propositions on the ballot, too. Democracy at its best!

laurencapri said...

yeah, we really need more God in government. that's a real swell idea.

Sarah said...

I just wanted to add that I did vote for Obama in 2008, and I believed in him until he failed me. I was in the military and in the middle east and DID NOT get paid because congress failed to pass a budget and Obama failed to make sure that the people who risk their lives for him and this country could take care of their families. I can't forget or forgive for that.

Eliot Davenport said...

Stephanie,

"The result is that voters have asked the SAME group of people to solve the SAME set of problems whose solutions have so far proven elusive." Beautifully stated. I agree whole heartedly.

Caroline Perrin said...

I'm feeling pretty sick about this today. Unemployment is high, gas is almost double what it was the day Obama took office, we're on a fiscal cliff. Our country is pretty divided. I'm praying his next four years will be different but I'm not holding out much hope.

haleigh rose said...

I am SO thankful to live in a country that still supports my rights as a woman. A religion that i CHOOSE not to follow should never CHOOSE my life path. Cheers to all of the strong women that make either choice.

E. and Baby P. said...

RELIEVED. I am so baffled by people who are disappointed that Obama has not been able to undo the mess that Bush has created in 8 years in 4 years. Can't we all agree that the last 4 years, it has been getting better? Mitt? He was poised to undo everything Obama has done to date. And what will happen then? Back to the Bush days. The trickle down theory does not work. Tax cuts for the rich does not help the economy, the middle class or the unemployed.

E. and Baby P. said...

RELIEVED. I am so baffled by people who are disappointed that Obama has not been able to undo the mess that Bush has created in 8 years in 4 years. Can't we all agree that the last 4 years, it has been getting better? Mitt? He was poised to undo everything Obama has done to date. And what will happen then? Back to the Bush days. The trickle down theory does not work. Tax cuts for the rich does not help the economy, the middle class or the unemployed.

themidwestcoast said...

All of my fiance's Italian family is relieved as well! Seattle is one happy place this morning!

Bridget Fossedal said...

jo, despite the return commentary from both sides -- some graceful, some contentious, i just want to say thank you so much for sharing this. thank you for respecting the integrity of your blog -- you will look back on this and be happy that you recorded your real feelings in real time. it's your commitment to honesty & preservation -- among other things -- that cause so many of us to return to your corner of the internet again & again.

Erin said...

mrscott90 you said that perfectly. Thank you.

K. said...

Although Stephanie's comment was worded a little harshly, it definitely resonated with me. I've been turned off by the handful of political posts on this blog. While I wish Joanna the best, I have deleted Cup of Jo from my bookmarks toolbar and will not be visiting it in the future.

K. said...

Although Stephanie's comment was worded a little harshly, it definitely resonated with me. I've been turned off by the handful of political posts on this blog. While I wish Joanna the best, I have deleted Cup of Jo from my bookmarks toolbar and will not be visiting it in the future.

jessbs said...

I was excited about Obama 4 years ago - but then saddened as each year he showed himself bad for America's bank account. Now even if we tax all of the rich people's money, there's not enough to cover our growing deficit. That's why I voted against him.

Put This On said...

So happy and relieved! His speech was inspiring and I'm just so happy! :)

Caitlyn said...

Not trying to start a debate. But I voted for the economy and I voted for Obama. I think it is very simplistic to think that people that voted for Obama ONLY cared about social issues. Some of us care about the economy - and not just the people at the top of it and we voted for the person that we think will do what is best for our Country's economy (vs. the person we know would do what was best for his PERSONAL economy).

lyndafitz said...

Wow- lots of chatter on this post! Interesting and eye opening. All opinions should be welcome- most of all Joanna's since it is her blog- and my opinion is the EXACT oppostie of hers in every way but still- I welcome it! I do have to make a comment about what someone wrote- that a Rommney presidency would be one of "supporting the wealthy and privileged at the expense of all." I am not wealthy but my husband and I are at the 250 K range and I have to say- to me an Obama presidency is one of "supporting the 47% (at Mr. Rommney spoke) at the expense of quite a few" This works both ways doesn't it?

jaime said...

Joanna, just want to add to the chorus thanking you for expressing your political opinions. I teach freshman comp in Texas, and am active on FB, but have been shy about expressing my political views to either group. With my students, I think it makes sense; with my so-called "friends" on FB? Why am I worried?

Courtney said...

This comment section is MUCH more fun to read than my facebook feed! I have too many conservative friends who think the world is doomed. ;)
But I'm super happy!! four more years!!!!

Bec said...

Happy and relieved here in Australia!

Martina said...

Haha, I just love that story of you running to go vote, seems like it's a scene from a film! Glad that Obama won as well, even though I'm Czech :) x

Ilona Garner said...

YESSSS!!! I, for one, am going to try to be a little more involved in my community following this election. Obama can't do it alone. Thanks Joanna for providing an example of how important it is for everyone to vote. xoxo

Laura Zizzo said...

I'm so happy from Toronto, Canada - climate change was part of his speech. Hope this gives him more of a mandate to do something on carbon pricing - the rest of the world is waiting for America to move on this. Thanks to all you american's who stood up to be counted! You're grateful, northern neighbour (yes, we use a "u" in neighbor here!)

Laura Zizzo said...

So happy from Toronto - glad he mentioned climate change in his speech and hopefully, after the support he received from the response to Sandy, will feel he received a mandate to act on pricing carbon emissions. Thanks to all you who voted, you're loving neighbour to the north (yes, we spell that with a "u" here). xxoo. And thanks Joanna for posting this - was wondering if you were going to spill your political guts a bit.

Hannah said...

Australia would also like to thank the people of the United States. Thank you!

melanie said...

Election days have to be some of my all time favorite moments throughout the year. Voting is a right that too few countries grant their citizens and I am immensely proud to do it each time. Yesterday my husband and I went early with our young daughter and dog in tow. There was a short line but everyone was in amazing spirits. I LOVE the image of you running to the polls! This is the America I want my daughter to grow up. Thank you for this Joanna!

melanie said...

Election days have to be some of my all time favorite moments throughout the year. Voting is a right that too few countries grant their citizens and I am immensely proud to do it each time. Yesterday my husband and I went early with our young daughter and dog in tow. There was a short line but everyone was in amazing spirits. I LOVE the image of you running to the polls! This is the America I want my daughter to grow up. Thank you for this Joanna!

moseyblog said...

Elated! Relieved! Sooooo Happy! Lovely post, thank you!

joolee said...

I'm sickened and disappointed with the results of the election. I know Obama means well, but the way he's going about trying to help America and the working class is doing just the opposite. If we can learn anything from history, it's that big government is inefficient and expensive. We're in for four more years of trouble - trouble that yes, Obama inherited from previous presidents, but let's remember that Obama was in the Senate during that time, putting all of those laws into action. What's done is done though, and we must unite. Joanna, you have every right to post your feelings! :)

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

Great comment!! How I wish more people in America understood this...:)

Allison said...

I couldn't have said it better Emily! The President is not elected to change social issues. A whole war was fought for State's rights. There is also a constitution in place to protect civil rights, a President does not change this. I feel most of our country needs to take Government 101 again.

Rep said...

i'm disappointed that you would choose to use your blog to voice your political opinion when you have chosen to not discuss other current events such as hurricane sandy on this platform. to be honest, i read your blog because i enjoy your posts on motherhood, fashion, etc. if i wanted to hear about excitment for obama i would read cnn... or any other mainstream media with a liberal agenda.
you want to know how i feel about last night? worried for our country and what will come of it within the next 4 years. obama has done literally nothing to help our economy and unemployment... and lord help us all if obamacare goes through. i am really worried that people chose to vote based on gay marriage and abortion and not foreign policy and our economy.
i'm really disappointed in this blog and i will no longer be reading it.

melissa said...

I feel relieved.

Kate said...

Unless we seriously cut spending, we are going over the financial cliff. I do not want this burden passed on to my children. Do the takers and parasites really outnumber those of us who work hard and contribute? I fear for our country.

Johanna said...

I agree with @Mrscott90. It astounds and disappoints me that these civil liberties come second to some people. And as many have said here already, social issues are economic issues. The liberty of our citizens must come first, before any real progress can be made. We have to stand up for each other, not just for what will benefit our personal comfort and stability. Yay Obama! Moving forward.

Maria Anaya said...

You go Jo! This is YOUR blog so you can voice whatever you believe in! Don't take any of the hostile, rude and simply malicious comments I've read to heart.

Michelle Kendrick Hartney said...

I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY! His speech gave me the chills and made me cry on several occasions.
Thanks for posting this Joanna!

Maria Anaya said...

You bring up a very good point E! I agree that economic issues should be first and foremost the top priority in this nation. However,I find it disheartening that inequality still exists during this time and age. I believe in order to "rebuild" this nation, we must do so together as Americans. Meaning discrimination of any age, sex, race, sexuality, etc should no longer be an issue! I want to see equal pay, women's right to choose, same sex marriage, and firm but fair immigration laws. It's not right for a man so set on his personal values to hinder the rights of others. Our diversity makes this country great... we need to build together not fall apart.

Hannah said...

Signing in from New Zealand to say: WE ARE RELIEVED!! Thank you America! I had tears in my eyes watching Obama's speech live :)

fae ehsan said...

thank you for sharing, joanna! it was a nail-biter, and i almost cried more than once.

stephanie, the market's reaction today is of a short-term variety that simply doesn't change the fundamentals. these fluctuations are caused by traders placing wagers and taking profits. it is also a reaction to europe's horribly economic situation.

maybe read something sometime?

benje way said...

I am curious if you consider alcohol a drug here? Would you vote to make alcohol illegal? Alcohol is much deadlier than marijuana and could have the same effects on children whose parents are addicted to alcohol.

RuBee said...

I'm British and I am so relieved that Obama won!

frank said...

That is so touching! thank you from Germany.

benje way said...

Are you considering alcohol a drug here, as well?

Judy said...

Agreed.

MaviDeniz said...

Horrible decision. I guess people really can and DO make the same mistake twice.

nancy and brent said...

I can't believe that we are headed into 20 trillion dollars of debt and pray that China doesn't call their note.

I can honestly say that my husband and I are better off today than we were four years ago, but I give no credit to Obama. I have worked six days a week and have "Lived like no one else so that one day, we can live like no one else."

I wish that the country I love most would just stop spending money that we don't have.

A Government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have. - Thomas Jefferson

Lizzy said...

Stephanie do us all a favor and stop posting. Your negative attitude is not welcome on this site. Thank you.

Sol Kawage said...

ahahha.. Joanna you did this on purpose didn't you?
Nothing is tastier than the sore losers' rants!

Stephanie said...

Beth, you work in politics in DC , what a wonderful “appeal to authority” – congratulations! And thanks for the question! No, I don’t watch Fox News, and only occasionally read the Post. I get my news through BGOV, National Journal, Politico, CNBC, BNA, tailored Google alerts, CSPAN and CSPAN2. But you really didn’t care about that, did you? You just wanted to make the frankly tired and unoriginal assertion that conservatives all get their news from FOX, and are mouth-breathing morons. How inconvenient for you that that is not the case.

And K, really, MY comment was sexist? I wasn’t the one who assumed that conversation about hair or children is relegated to a single gender, so I guess the “sexist” assumption was yours. Logic is a wonderful thing.

Lizzie, how delightfully snarky of you! And how telling of the shallowness of your own opinions – Mitt Romney “hates” women. Please. If you’re going to regurgitate whatever the campaign (well, its surrogates – no campaign would be fool enough to want to own that) throws at you, and abandon reason for emotion, please keep it to yourself. I love a good policy discussion - in a forum appropriate to it - more than most do, but no thinking person (regardless of party or ideology) should have to abide vapidity.

So allow me to explain, since maybe I wasn’t clear. I don’t think that a lifestyle blog is the appropriate forum for politics – neither are dinner parties or family gatherings. And having demonstrated no more understanding of policy then “What kind of Obama supporter are you?” posts, and adolescent “I love Obama!” statements, Joanna hasn’t demonstrated any depth in her political views. I, for one, happen to feel that if you are going to shout your opinions to an audience of thousands, in a forum inappropriate to the declaration, you have a responsibility to justify them. And that justification means showing some modicum of understanding that goes beyond pretty pictures, silly sentiment, and occasional links to campaign propaganda.

And celebrating the status quo, when the status quo involves an America in decline, an America where we have one of the smallest labor force participation rates in history, where we are about to fall off a fiscal cliff, where many seniors are about see skyrocketing premiums and shrunken benefits, where thousands are still out in the cold over a week after a storm, where we have record numbers in poverty, where the average length of unemployment is staggering, where the social security trust is nearing bankruptcy, and where the Dow tumbled 300 points today, is at the very best, tacky.

Emily Sheehy said...

Whichever way folks voted, I think the important thing is to remember that we have the chance to vote in a PEACEFUL election! How amazing!

I was saddened to see the first post about "sore losers." I thought that was in very poor taste, and I wish that people would have more class when it comes to elections. There was a 50/50 chance, and one won, and one didn't. It is one thing to have "sore losers" but it is another thing to have "haughty winners."

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Yes we are very relieved here.
Didn't really realize how much tension I was holding in until the announcement last night when my shoulders relaxed so completely. So happy the country voted for a tolerant, intelligent, free and compassionate America.
xo,
p

Sandhya said...

That's like saying, "I don't believe in slavery," and then voting to elect someone who wants to keep slavery . . . do you see how the two can't be reconciled? Romney failed to convince me that he could do anything to help the economy, anyway. If his history was supposed to help him, I couldn't see the benefit of shipping jobs overseas.

anonymous said...

yes, lets not have amnesia just yet! there are still many issues that must be resolved and which were not even addressed by romney or obama in the presidential debates. what about unemployment, gun violence, foreclosures, failing school system, global warming/ climate change, etc. as long as our government is reduced to a bi-partisanship, the racist conservativism of the republican party will result in democrats moving further to the right. a multiple party system that is not just on the ballot but integrated into debates through campaign finance reform would be more of a democracy that what we are currently living in which many would call a bi-partisan tyranny.

Emily said...

Relief is the only way to describe it, haha! I was so anxious all night, until finally the results came in and I could breathe again! I'm a freshman in college, and the rest of the night was crazy, with people yelling and hollering about Obama's win. Best feeling ever. :)

Cameron said...

It doesn't matter who you vote for, an election that ended up as close as this one (2% difference in the popular vote, the electoral college is a completely different story) is never a good thing. America is hugely divided, and that makes the President's job well-nigh impossible. I hope the Republicans can put aside their differences and join with the rest of America (the rest of the world?) to support Obama, but I also hope the Democrats and Obama himself will be mindful of how close this election was, and how much compromise needs to be made on both sides.
God bless America!

Sara said...

YES WE DID! :D

Sarah said...

Yay Obama and Yay Joanna! Am thrilled about the election results--this is good news for women as well as the elderly, the sick and the poor. So glad you posted this and don't let the negative comments bother you! You are a class act!!!

Leah said...

Social issues are important, because our equal rights to our citizens should come before a monetary crisis.

Hilary said...

So disappointed. I think more Americans need to understand how policy gets made and how government spending works. Since LBJ declared the war on poverty, we've spent four times the amount of money needed to pull every American out of poverty--FOUR TIMES. Another example: The US Department of Education has a $35-billion budget, and yet our school system continues to falter, as our kids slip farther down the charts in comparisons with students in other developed nations. I think Obama feels "cooler" than Romney, so he won. I heard two college students talking in line at the polls yesterday: One of them said that he would "never vote for an old rich white guy." Sad.

stephanie said...

Thrilled that Obama won. Almost even more thrilled that the first disabled woman, first Asian woman, and first openly gay woman were elected to the Senate. It was a great day for women (and we are the ones who reelected Obama). Forward!

Reina said...

SO HAPPY SO HAPPY SO HAPPY SO HAPPY SO HAPPY.

I was working the polls until midnight last night and then went to Madison's watch party and celebraaaaaated and watched his fabulous victory speech. AND I got thisclose to him ( I ALMOST GOT TO TOUCH HIM!!!!) when he came to Madison on Monday. WHOOOOO.
I just CAN NOT believe he swept the swing states. like FLORIDA????? CRAZYYYYYY>!!!!!.
and WHOOOO legalized marijuana in CO. hehe.
YES WE CAN. YES WE DID

Beatriz said...

While everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion, I have a hard time understanding how previous posters that voted for Romney can come on this site and tell those that voted for Obama that we're all ignorant, don't understand the issues and "don't know what we've gotten ourselves into"

What the Republicans actually don't understand and realize is that their party represents a disproportionately small section of the electorate and in order to continue to exist needs to change its position on abortion, basic civil liberties, economic theory and tax policy, immigration policy, religious tolerance, weird conspiracies and race relations. They've lost the last two elections and will continue to do so if they don't come to terms with this. "Democrats" start with 243 Electoral votes-only 30 years ago Reagan got 49 states! Why is that? Because the contemporary Republican party makes no sense, is completely fractured, and doesn't speak to a large enough portion of the national electorate to serve as a viable alternative.

Moderate on both sides-both left and right is the new rule and I wish the Republicans would focus on how to bring more people into the fold, temper their positions, concentrate on economic issues and get rid of some of these really odd social positions that alienate all of their base except for the universally creepy far right wing. The era of Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell and the Tea Party and Obstructionists no longer make sense at all within the context of "Republicans".

If they can figure that out in the next four years maybe they will nominate a suitable candidate that just might get my vote in 2016.

Lucy said...

I'm from New Zealand and I felt like I couldn't have visited the US if Obama hadn't won, phew he did!

Kate said...

Love that shot- that's why we love him!
I'm so happy Obama won- was on pins and needles for a bit!

cuentoscantabria said...

RON PAUL REVOLUTION! I am also disappointed with the results, but can't say I felt great about either candidate going into it. I know not to worry about the future, as tackling the present is clearly enough, but I still feel worried.

amles said...

There's a lot of Canadians out here who are ecstatic that we have Obama as the neighbouring landlord :) Phew!

Nisserine said...

Absolutely 100% over the moon!

CYLiou said...

I second Beth Eliot's and Linday's responses. Stephanie behaved poorly - both here and below to Sierra. I hope that if she is able to, she'll take a moment to try and understand that.

Joanna, I appreciate your blog very much. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, and I think you strike an excellent balance in tone and content. I'm sure you were expecting some inflammatory comemnts, and I hope you won't let this one discourage you. I think the majority of the comments here show that whether or not they have the same political opinions as you, your readers support you as a human and a blogger. It's why we read your blog.

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Reina said...

"The world did not begin or end with Election Day" is a wonderful statement.

junebug said...

So disappointed. On so many levels.

Estelle said...

What good is an economy if almost half of your country can’t afford health care or college?
What good is an economy if it only makes the rich richer and the poor more poor ?
What good is an economy if people in your country are being discriminated against for loving the same gender?
What good is an economy if you have to sell the house where your kids grew up because you can't pay you medical bills anymore ?
What good is an economy if victims of rape are forced to keep and carry their attacker’s baby?

What good is a country where the money matters more than the people ?


How can you say money is more important than people?

lauralcharles said...

YES! I'm American but live in London, and when I woke up at 6:30 (GMT) today I went straight for my mobile and checked the news, then watched the victory speech live. By the end I was yelling 'Go America!' and singing the star-spangled banner. Seriously. What an amazing person he is, and what a great country.

Janan said...

The happiness of a win becomes a gloat when you are rude about the Loser or the voters who chose him.

Reina said...

And how many children in our country, ALREADY living their lives and well on their way to becoming adults in this country, are suffering because they were born into a home that could not afford proper health care, or enough food to feed the entire family. Or were born into a home only to be severely traumatized by a broken, dysfunctional family or thrown around between different families/relatives and foster homes because the parents couldn't take care of or want the child.

And it frustrates me because its pro-CHOICE. So you can choose to not abort. It gives the woman a CHOICE.

openid said...

I have a hard time believing that Romney would have any luck with the economy. Because he ran a company? The Olympics? Seems pretty anecdotal to me. Of course, his ideals are not in line with mine so I could never vote for him in good conscience. I think those issues are more important than the economy because, and Mitt said himself, the government doesn't create jobs!

That being said, Obama is doing a lot for the economy that some of you seem to be forgetting. Besides the fact that we cannot have a healthy economy without healthy Americans, Obamacare has made healthcare costs equal for women and capped the costs of insurance! He is doing what he can to help students that are in debt and going to college can help Americans get higher paying jobs. And Lily Ledbetter means that women are paid equally. These may seem small but for many Americans, it's huge! And not just for women. For FAMILIES.

I could not be happier about what he did in the past four years. Obviously, a majority of the country feels the same way so four more years.

anonymous said...

Let's "break the sound barrier" of our bi-partisan tyranny!

It's easy to forget the failure of our government system after so much political rhetoric of unity and change.

Until there is campaign finance reform (and strict regulations for big business/banks) we are restricted to a bi-partisan government in which an extremely conservative and racist Republican party forces concessions on an increasingly moderate Democratic party. Important issues such as unemployment, poverty, failing schools, foreclosures, climate change, gun violence, systematic criminalization of targeted demographics, etc. are largely ignored by bi-partisan presidential debates and mainstream media. We must seek out alternative media sources like "Democracy Now!" so we can engender a multiplicity of voices and work towards a multiple party system.

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/23/exclusive_as_obama_and_romney_agree

Anamaria said...

I'd be a lot more excited if a. we were out of at least one of the terrible wars we are STILL in and b. he wasn't trying to make people pay for other people's contraception and abortion. Fertility, as we see from the many posts about your beautiful son, is one of the gifts to women! Being fertile is good and healthy. Trying to rid ourselves of fertility is not health care, so why is it mandatory to cover this? I don't know.

Let's get out of war, get out of debt, and let people pay for their own contraception if they don't want to be in their naturally healthy fertile state.

Lesley Jean said...

I'm not big into politics but honestly, Romney and his extremism & lack of concern for the common American scared me. Last night was a nail biter. I definitely slept more soundly once it was announced that Obama was re elected. He hasn't done everything perfectly but at least I know what to expect.

Anamaria said...

As a woman, this aspect of Obama's policy is what is particularly embarrassing (in addition to the fact that we are still in two wars and still in debt and still supporting big business, through the Bail Out and other measures). The ability to bear children is one of the best things about being a woman, and to live in a society where I need to rid myself of fertility through taking hormones everyday is embarrassing! I go through great lengths to buy hormone free meat & milk, why would I take hormones to mask what is healthy in my body? And if you want to do that, that's fine, but why do you want someone else to pay for it? That's what Obama wants.

Anamaria said...

Well said! It's scary.

Jilly from Philly said...

just like you i voted in philly at 7:56, right under the wire. best of all my 10 year old daughter got to push the buttons. she has voted with me since she was 2.

jill

Christine said...

Hi sacredmonkeys,

Regarding the "killing of babies", I thought you'd be interested in reading this article, written by someone who once shared your beliefs:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/10/how-i-lost-faith-in-the-pro-life-movement.html

She does such a good job of unpacking the issue that I'll just let the article speak for itself.

Anamaria said...

Love this! I wish maternity coverage (natural, healthy!) where mandatory, not taking hormones to diminish fertility.

Talki said...

Stephanie, I'm really sorry that you feel the need to be so nasty. I can't imagine you're a particularly happy person.

goodnightstars said...

Oh wow. I echo Lindsay.

Anamaria said...

I am not excited about the results as Joanna is, but I do like the example of a woman who discusses her son, hair, recipes, AND politics. These are all a part of life, so any intelligent woman should be able to speak (civilly, as she has done) on any of these topics.

Lexie said...

I am so excited that he has been reelected! I personally think that each president should be limited to one six year term, but until I'm the president (ha! ha!), I guess I'll have to work with the system!

Social issues weighed more heavily for me at this point - I just couldn't support a candidate whose party is so staunchly backward about women's rights and gay rights.

Jennifer Bridges said...

I am so thrilled! Voting Democrat in a red state can feel pointless but I knew it had to be done. My Great-Grandma didn't fight for my rights so that I could ignore them. being the mother of two girls I am thrilled to say I have a President who legitimately cares for the rights of women, and men straight or gay, rich or poor. It was a thrilling night. I was very nervous. Thank you Joanna for displaying your political joy even if it does alienate a portion of your readers you gain so much for from your authenticity.

Rinksters said...

A victory for women! Proud of us.

emilygrows said...

I heard an interesting report from an economist last week, who said that regardless of the outcome of the election, the economy would continue to improve for several years. http://m.npr.org/news/Business/163719000?singlePage=false&textSize=small I fear that the right wing scare tactics (which I understand are not a part of all Republicans' views) are making people fear things that are unnecessary. One cool thing about Obama is that he's not afraid to ask for help, and he surrounds himself by people who know a lot! Certainly there will be a cadre of economic advisers helping him continue to improve the economy.

MaviDeniz said...

finally, a smart one out the bunch.

jtc said...

Completely thrilled by the big Obama win!!!! I cannot understand how any self-respecting woman could vote any other way.

MaviDeniz said...

Totally agree. Yesterday was a sad day for America and the majority of the people don't even realize it. Nothing good has come out of the first 4 years so what makes people think that the next 4 are going to be any different. These are extremely scary times and unfortunately I fear that it will only get worse with Obama as our president.

Ingrid said...

Even more unbelievable.... I'm from INDIANA and I'm relieved! (And happy!)

Ingrid said...

Thank you! (I mean it! I, too, would be willing to pay higher taxes, and I'm not in the 1 percent, if it would help our county do the right thing, and still get out of debt.

mfelenyuk said...

Joanna, big high five to you for posting this. It takes courage to voice your personal opinion to a large audience, and you did it well.

I'm for one also happy that Obama won. I do not agree with him on a lot of things, like wasting tons of money on the war on drugs, or drones, or attacks on privacy. But I do agree that we need to invest into our country to make it great.

And of course, as a woman - double happy to be able to control the size of my family. People forget it's an economic issue for most families!

And lastly - yey for gay marriage!!!!

JeanneW said...

Let's hear it for a more moderate 3rd party!!! Yay!

stephanie said...

How do i feel about it...sick to my stomach.

Kelsey said...

I'm guessing most of you voted for the guy who has visited 57 states with just one left to go. Good for you!

In other words, my disappointment prevails, but I will continue to respect Mr.Obama because of the position he holds.

Kami said...

Admirable you posted your political views! And for the most part I really enjoyed reading this thread, almost everyone was quite civil. I think it's great we live in a country where we have the freedom of speech and get to share our opinions. This was much nicer to read than my facebook feed this morning and last night that mostly included "my team" vs "your team" bashings. Although I did not vote for the winning candidate I am hopeful for the future of our country and will support him as our President.

Rachel Douglas said...

I feel for pro-life politicians who are all too often labeled as hateful because they reject the idea of abortion. My stance against abortion does not stem from a misogynistic desire to control a woman's body (heck, I am a woman!), but a sincere desire to protect the unborn. I have a feeling most pro-life males feel the same way. To claim that Romney hates women is irresponsible and hurtful -- labels like that drive this country even farther apart. Hate language has no place in the vocabulary of either party.

katelin said...

you truly believe obama doesn't care about abortion. OBAMA made birth control free. The comes with serious changes to who is getting abortions. They will be less. Yes people will still get them but by making birth control accessible to more people OBAMA is lowering the numbers of abortions. By making birth control more available OBAMA also is lowering the amount of teen pregnancy. Abortion is a choice and you can make the choice never to have one as will I, BUT YOU have no right to take the CHOICE away from anyone else.

chelsea.lynn said...

I sincerely feel that no matter who you were rooting for, however happy/devastated you feel at the outcome, our president deserves our support. His job is harder than we can ever imagine and he needs all the support he can get.

Jean said...

I read your blog for the headings you have listed at the top of your site. Please consider your audience and keep your politics to yourself.

ohseems said...

absolutely thrilled. Roommates and I were super nervous in the beginning.

skullandcrosstales said...

I'm Australian and also relieved!!

Rachel Douglas said...

I feel it, Unknown. I try to stay positive and thankful that in the US we have the privilege to choose our leader, and I don't want to be an obnoxious sore loser. But my heart has been feeling heavier and heavier throughout the day. I have this overwhelming feeling of foreboding and uneasiness, and it won't go away. This whole "hope" thing is lost on me.

Chioma said...

i love that he won!! for all of the closed minded individuals especially Stephanie, who chose to insult you on your OWN BLOG, i feel bad for you! being a woman, you should want someone who has your best interests at heart, and as a woman who is a minority, Barack Obama was hands down the best candidate for me to vote for!! Whoever expects for ALL of America's issues to be solved in 4 years by one person is living in a fantasy land and pure denial! I am overjoyed and relieved and ECSTATIC that Barack Obama has gotten reelected for a second term!! *pours celebratory glass of wine* #4MOREYEARS

Chioma
C's Evolution of Style

Jean said...

Please keep your audience in mind before posting again on politics. Nearly half the electorate did not share your viewpoint, so your victory lap post was tiresome. I read your blog for entertainment and for the annual shopping lists, but this post was an affront to my beliefs and showed no tact towards your wide audience.

emmlewis said...

Increased youth vote, first openly gay senator, multiple states recognizing the equality of love, ending a financial drain on justice systems penalizing people for marijuana usage...

All good things. Sensible things.

However, there is still a tough road ahead.

Amelia said...

So proud of my country and my state! US and Washington State (even though Initiative 1240 passed) you are awesome and I love you both! Also, proud of people who stood in ridiculously long lines for hours and dealt with questionable voting machines and poll workers. If your state gives out "I Voted" stickers, I hope you got two!!

The Hiltons said...

I'm disappointed. I want to like Obama. He's inspiring, he's energetic, he's fresh...but he didn't get it done in the last four years. Inspiration and motivational speeches can only go so far. I was hoping to see Mitt get some things accomplished and see our Nation recover. On a side note, his family really is precious :) Here's hoping......

thesehumananimals said...

I'mn Australian. So relieved. :)

Catherine said...

YES, a great result!

- A reader from far off New Zealand

Emily said...

And we can't believe half the country was "dumb" enough to believe Bush. Our nation survived that.

mary {figwittage} said...

OBAMA 2012!!! SO HAPPY!!! 4 states allowed marriage equality which is AWESOME! http://thefour2012.com/image/35201508413 My brother and sister-in-law live in Maine and totally support gay marriage and Obama.

People complain about the founding fathers being disappointed. I don't think so! I think they would be proud and I know my ancestors would be proud. WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TO THINK BACKWARDS? It's all about moving forward! We can't stay 'old fashioned' forever, it's so ridiculous. All my non-American friends are pro-Obama too! Oh, happy day! xx

Jessica Brown said...

One happy Mormon girl!

Marie Adamo said...

For the people who say they voted for Romney because they want the economy fixed and to feed their families, and not for social issues, you need to understand... Romneys economic policies make the richest richer and the poorest poorer. If you are upper middle class and higher you need to look at the way other people live. You have more than your share, and voting to lower your own taxes is selfish and elitist. The social issues ARE important. I am Canadian and believe me... With Romney as president your country's reputation around the world would continue to go down the toilet. And for those who said "if Obama hasn't fixed things in 4 years what makes us think he will in another 4"... lets remember he had 8 years of disaster upon disaster to clean up. The damage done to your country was immense, and 4 years is too short to fix it. That is the reality. The best thing possible happened. Romney would have undone what has been started and put you right back on the same track that everyone wanted out of 4 years ago.

Marie Adamo said...

For the people who say they voted for Romney because they want the economy fixed and to feed their families, and not for social issues, you need to understand... Romneys economic policies make the richest richer and the poorest poorer. If you are upper middle class and higher you need to look at the way other people live. You have more than your share, and voting to lower your own taxes is selfish and elitist. The social issues ARE important. I am Canadian and believe me... With Romney as president your country's reputation around the world would continue to go down the toilet. And for those who said "if Obama hasn't fixed things in 4 years what makes us think he will in another 4"... lets remember he had 8 years of disaster upon disaster to clean up. The damage done to your country was immense, and 4 years is too short to fix it. That is the reality. The best thing possible happened. Romney would have undone what has been started and put you right back on the same track that everyone wanted out of 4 years ago.

justjenn said...

I was so very happy and I knew in my heart of hearts that he would win. I never gave up that hope. And with the extraordinary number of women politicians who won in this election, it makes me even more proud to be a woman. Today was a good day.

Megan said...

I agree with you, E. I'm a college student, and one of the very few people on my campus who was disappointed last night.
The US was founded on principles of liberty and freedom, you're right, mrscott90. And yet the function of these civil liberties is contingent on a stable, working state, which is inextricably linked with a stable, working economy. As E remarked, if we struggle to provide citizens with basic needs, how can we truly move forward? The insurmountable debt and increasing devaluation of our currency terrifies me. And as last night's results demonstrated, we as a nation are deeply divided - which, although in of itself is not a problem (we are a democracy, after all!) - we need a united people if we are to emerge from our current position stronger than before. We need a strong, uniting leader, and I can only pray we elected him last night.

Chelsea said...

So true! I agree. We missed out on a very good man that could have helped us dig out of this hole. Thank you for your comment

Cheyenne said...

Well said!

Panthera Tigris said...

I am Indonesian, and I am so happy and excited for Obama! Love this post very much

Kristen said...

So happy and proud to be an American!

Katie said...

I did not vote for Obama either, but he is still our president now, and I will respect him. I pray that he will do well this next term. However, I am happy to know that my hope is not in him, an imperfect human like everyone else, but in God my Savior whose Will will ultimately be done.

Kristen from Try, Try Again said...

Oh my god, it must have been so exciting to see that blue line creep up from your window!

thedirtyknitter said...

So so so happy he won!!!!

Brittney said...

E, I totally agree. I've always voted independently. I don't go around flailing my arms for either party. I vote on the issues that I see most as most pertinent. For me, the serious issue was in our failing monetary system. I've reviewed the numbers... all of them. It's awful. Therefore, I voted Romney. Socially, I'm very open-minded, but fiscally I'm VEHEMENTLY against Obama's track record thus far. I'll always support my country, even if I don't agree with the Obama, at all.

CYLiou said...

I second the responses by Lindsay and Beth Eliot. Stephanie behaved poorly, and I hope she is able to take a step back and truly digest the feedback.

Joanna, I appreciate your blog, and I really enjoy the balance you strike across your tone and content. It takes courage to put yourself out there, and I'm sure you were expecting some inflammatory comments. I hope you can see that the good majority of us here - whether we share your political opinions or not - do respect and appreciate you and others as fellow humans.

So Keep Calm and Carry On!

Leslee F. said...

I think that both E and Julie said it well. I truly am worried for our country and I cannot wrap my head around what positive outcome this may have and I am open to the thoughts of those who voted for Obama because I would love to better understand. i just believe that he did not improve our country in the past four years and he was able to put the blame on Bush then. But he has no one but himself to point fingers at at this point and I hope and pray that he can prove otherwise. I too believe a large part of his win came from social issues. Obama has given so many people a reason not to strive for anything, because he will simply hand it to them without them getting off their butts (through our tax dollars) . And while I do believe there are many people that just can't find a job or one that provides enough, I sadly know many people who have been "leeching" off of our tax dollars because of this. It saddens me. Our future generations need to learn what it is like to be a hard worker and earn your dollar. I also believe the statement about women's body and value was highly misinterpreted. As a woman, I would not stand for such thing. It has been highly blown out of proportion and twisted. Just my thoughts. =\

Leslee F. said...

I think that both E and Julie said it well. I truly am worried for our country and I cannot wrap my head around what positive outcome this may have and I am open to the thoughts of those who voted for Obama because I would love to better understand. i just believe that he did not improve our country in the past four years and he was able to put the blame on Bush then. But he has no one but himself to point fingers at at this point and I hope and pray that he can prove otherwise. I too believe a large part of his win came from social issues. Obama has given so many people a reason not to strive for anything, because he will simply hand it to them without them getting off their butts (through our tax dollars) . And while I do believe there are many people that just can't find a job or one that provides enough, I sadly know many people who have been "leeching" off of our tax dollars because of this. It saddens me. Our future generations need to learn what it is like to be a hard worker and earn your dollar. I also believe the statement about women's body and value was highly misinterpreted. As a woman, I would not stand for such thing. It has been highly blown out of proportion and twisted. Just my thoughts. =\

Sheri said...

happy in Canada!

h said...

Australia is relieved! Thank-you American voters.

De Zuster Van said...

Same here from Belgium! Four more years!

Sarah said...

Well, I voted for Obama, and I'm really, really trying to be hopeful about how coming years will play out for our country. But, as several others have expressed, I'm wasn't really enthused about giving him four more years in office. I wholeheartedly agree with with those commenting about how great it would be to have more than two choices when the choice matters SO much. I want to be excited about casting my vote, not just feeling like voting is a (very brief) process of elimination.

But I'm awfully grateful to be in a country where we get to cast a vote, and it was exciting to see so many people getting out there and standing in long lines (and running to the polls at the last minute...sounds exciting, Joanna, so glad you made it!) and wanting to have their voices heard.

rafael said...

I am curious why you say he doesn't have a good track record in bipartisanship. He was facing a senate leader in Mitch McConnell whose stated policy agenda was to make Obama a one term president. Kind of hard to work with a partner like that. Obama reached across the aisle, had Republican appointees and advisers, and even used conservative/Republican ideas (the individual mandate, allowing the Bush tax cuts to be extended). How much more bipartisan could the man be, given the opposition to his very presence in the White House?

Martha Rule said...

Obama is not proud to be an American...Our Founding Fathers would be so disappointed..a Hugo Chavez on our hands...debt to the Chinese...I think the problem with the recycled talking points that come from conservative America is they only really resonate with one (demographically shrinking) group of people - white Christians. So many conservatives opened up today, admitting that their party needs to be more inclusive. It is a great time for reflection on what their party will look like in 20 years when this country is even more (wonderfully!) diverse.

Clairsy said...

Australia is relieved too ; )

Clairsy said...

And I'll add Australia, a big sigh of relief here, aaaah.

jimjam said...

We all stayed at work late in New Zealand to see the results come in. All of us were so delighted that Obama got in again. His success is well deserved and we all breathed a sigh of relief. x

Iz said...

Sounds like you were "dumb" enough to believe that Romney could make things better even though his numbers really didn't add up. Obama had a lot of opposition in Congress to battle against in the past 4 years, it isn't as easy as just doing what you want...

Iz said...

What freedoms are you missing, exactly? I'm always confused when this argument comes up...

Raluca Briazu said...

Romanian/English relieved as well, and happy! :D

Iris said...

Mee too... from Germany.

Katherine said...

Yay Obama

Australians breathed a massive sigh of release over this result. My whole office stopped work to watch the result together.

shararehali said...

reliefs also from Germany:)

Jenni said...

I feel like there's really no one person who is capable of coming along and fixing our economy easily. I'm happy with the progress that Obama has made. I feel like it's unrealistic to think that someone can come in and fix everything in four years. Four years seems like a long time to us, but it's a blip in politics. Even Mitt said that his own plan would fix the economy in 8-10 years.

That said, I also voted on social issues and I don't feel bad about it, at all. I feel like this sums up my feelings on it:

“I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, ‘My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.’ It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you ‘disagree’ with your candidate on these issues.”
— Doug Wright, Pulitzer and Tony Award playwright

Jenni said...

I really don't think that there is one person who can come in and turn the economy around in only four years. It's just unrealistic. Even Mitt said that his plan would repair the economy in 8-10 years. That said, I am happy with the progress that Obama has made, and hopeful that there will be more progress in the next four years.

On voting for social issues, I agree wholeheartedly with Doug Wright:

“I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, ‘My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.’ It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you ‘disagree’ with your candidate on these issues.”
— Doug Wright, Pulitzer and Tony Award playwright

Kate said...

So happy!! Because of him I'm able to have health insurance - I was so worried what would happen to me if he wasn't re-elected! Pre-existing conditions + ridiculously expensive medications = bad time. At least I can breathe a bit easier for the next 4 years.

Sharyn said...

I'm baffled that so many of your readers are using the word, "relieved." Extremely high unemployment, record number of people on food stamps, high gas prices, poor prospects. Relieved? More like SCARED for another four years of this.

AC said...

GO OBAMA.I'm a Londoner working in Atlanta and it was such a priviledge to witness Obama's re-election.

Such a shame about Stephanie,who rudely commented above. As adults, I imagine that we all are able to express or counter opinions gracefully,rather than sounding vicious, rude and very much like a bully.

Mariela Gomez said...

I'm so glad you posted this! It's surely amazing! I can't believe you saw the Empire Building light up in blue.... I'm so jealous! All I could do was sit on my couch in my apartment in Brooklyn and instantly text everyone I knew and tell them Obama won. Plus, post it up on my Twitter feed.

I talked about the election in my blog along with the pic of the day.

http://foxxyela365.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-favorite-thing.html

Go check it out!

Nora said...

If I may say so...
Germany and more or less the whole world is so so so relieved!

GOBAMA!

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