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Delayed reaction on Obama's win ...

So I haven't posted in a while but I feel the need to throw something out there about this extremely historical election. I would have posted sooner but I spent the last week doing a craft show in Birmingham.

My reaction to Obama's win is somewhat bitter-sweet.

Let me start with the "sweet". I think it is utterly fantastic that I live in a time in this country that race is becoming such a non-issue. I love the fact that I witnessed such a milestone in the history of this country and I am happy for the millions of people out there that are going to be inspired by his story for years to come. I admit that I am curious as to what is in store for us over the next few years and whether or not race will every be an issue during his term. I think Obama has his work cut out for him but hopefully he will bring this country together and do some good over the next few years.

Now my touch of bitterness. As many would expect, I didn't vote for Obama due to his stances on taxes (an important issue in my family due to my parent's business). However, my bitterness isn't due to "my guy" not winning (frankly McCain wasn't my favorite person out there and, even as a republican, the republican party has been getting on my nerves as of late - they need to lose this so some introspection can happen).

My bitterness is from some individuals behavior after winning. I have endured seven years of "He isn't MY president - I didn't vote for him!" and people threatening to move to Canada or wherever due to people's displeasure of the party in office. I heard many such threats as to such actions if McCain won. So to encounter so many people waving olive branches in my face the day after their guy won was a little hard to swallow. I already told my friends that if Obama won that I would happily wait and see what he did before passing judgment. Yet, so many people are reaching across the aisle after THEIR guy won. I even read a couple of people here on LJ talking about how he can be my (as in republicans) president too and that we should all work together. *grumble*

It isn't that I don't agree with them nor that I don't plan on trying to do just that ... but I wish that people kept this sentiment when their guy didn't win.

That is all I am going to say on the subject though. I look forward to seeing how the world is going to change. If he can do all that he promises without driving my parent's business into the ground with more taxes then I will be more than happy to throw some kudos his way.

Let's pray that the people in power are right,
because right or wrong, they have the power

~ Ashleigh Brilliant ~

PS: LJ needs to get on the ball and add "Obama" to the spell check ... and while they are at it they need to add "LJ" on there.


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Nov. 11th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
Fair enough.

How was the craft show?
Nov. 11th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
It went well enough. The last couple of years it has been slowly going down and this year we made exactly what we made last year - so we were content. Their previous show this year was down ~30% so we went in expecting the worst. I am curious to see what the Charlotte and Virginia Beach shows do.
Nov. 11th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
That's an excellent quote. Let's hope for everybody's sake that the change is for the good.
Nov. 11th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
*nods* Even though I ended up voting for Obama, I agree with you here. And I know this is probably a skewed sample, but I couldn't help but notice that my pro-McCain friends handled the loss of "their guy" more graciously than I know my pro-Obama friends would have if Obama had lost.
Nov. 12th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
That is a lot of what inspired this post. I have friends all across the political spectrum and my right-wing friends (with the exception of my mother) accepted the win with a shrug and a raised glass in congrats to the other side. This could be for several reasons I am not going to get into - but it was nonetheless gracious.

I have been really disappointed in the childish behavior of some of my left-wing friends so their sudden maturity on the matter rankled me greatly.

I am going to let it go though. My only hope is that the next time a republican wins the presidency that their new found maturity sticks and they can concede gracefully in the future.
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