So this is what it feels like

For the first time in my adult life, in the part of my adult life where I am conscious of the world outside of myself, there is a president in office I feel proud of.  This particular feeling of joy is not something I have experienced over the last eight years.  Isn’t it wonderful to watch the news of this new president and not feel the urge to kick the screen in?  It’s like a true breath of fresh air, to be able to talk about the leader of this nation without rolling my eyes or feeling utterly and completely disgusted.

I know there are millions of people in this nation who are now feeling like I have felt over the last years, they’re horrified at who they see in office.  I don’t feel bad for you, I know you didn’t feel bad for me, either.  This is how it is, the political cycle we all are a part of.  Some leave elated, others disappointed.  This time, I’m glad to be one of the many who rejoiced on January 20th; who saw in our new leader an opportunity for hope and change.

So here’s to our new president, may  he lead with grace and courage, and here’s to those of us who waited eight years for a day like today.  To us, because I think we deserve it.


  1. January 22, 2009

    Cheers! I’m still celebrating the sheer joy of it!

  2. January 23, 2009

    OH HELL YES we deserve it. i’ll never forget being in massachusetts when w was elected and felt the despair in the pit of my stomach over such insanity.

    i have friends that didn’t vote for obama and it is quite bizarre to me.

    this is very well written and it’s what i’ve wanted to say but wasn’t able to articulate in words written or verbal. (maybe something to do with the straight jacket, i dunno.)

  3. January 23, 2009

    What the hell are you, as a collective nation, going to complain about now? Eh? Have you thought of that? A country without a scapegoat is like a school without the weird kid whose parents are siblings who always has a runny nose and uses twine for a belt and kills small animals

  4. January 30, 2009

    It’s so hard to express how amazing it is to be experiencing this new phase of our country. I too feel excited and hopeful. It’s a good feeling to be proud of your country after feeling ashamed for so long.

    I saw you on Five Star Friday, btw!

  5. January 30, 2009

    I feel the same way, except that this is the first time in my 14 years of my adult life. I feel that for the first time since I could vote, last 14 years, that my vote counted and made a difference.
    Great blog! Found you through Five Star Friday.

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  7. January 30, 2009

    This is a wonderful post and so very true. As a black man, I feel like I am finally welcome and home.

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