04 November 2008

Nervous!

And excited. But for now, mostly nervous.

I took the twins with me to vote after work. Maddie and Riley have voted with me in every election that has been held since they were born, from the little local races to the big stakes decision of tonight. I think this was their favorite election so far. We vote at an elementary school, and the PTA bake sale was still going strong at 5:00 p.m., so M&R got to make a selection from the array of delicious treats on display. They were not able to decide between vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, so I let them have one of each.

I have to get back to my couch to watch the returns. The truth is that I hate all of this speculative calling of things prior to final results being in, but this year I can't stay away.

Go, Obama!

37 comments:

bostongirl said...

totally with you- took the boy to vote, nervously awaiting results! Thanks for your reflective post yesterday. Your honesty is such a gift. hoping Mr Coffee keeps on being wonderful.

Watercolor said...

Go Obama!!!!!!! And how I wish I lived in a blue state. sigh....

My sister and I talked about the exit polls a lot this past weekend. They (she works at CNN) have a group of brilliant experts who spend all day studying the exit poll information. It is really a science and they are something like 98% correct (not sure I am remembering what she said exactly....) in their projections. She said their guys are like rock stars when they come out of their room for anything - almost bigger than the big tv anchor stars. CNN is a lot more conservative and careful about projecting states than a lot of other news stations.

I still am not fond of it but I understand it a little better after talking with her.

Keen said...

I know, I'm glued to the couch. I'm so excited to be a Virginian right now, I can hardly wait to see which way the state goes...

amyinbc said...

GO OBAMA! Too bad my vote is not worthy being a Canadian and all ;)

Michelle said...

See, here's where it would be a little less exciting if you were back in Oregon, where I now live: vote by mail. Watch mama fill in the bubbles at the kitchen table! Watch mama put a stamp on the envelope and leave it for the mailman! Not as exciting. I sort of miss long lines at the polls (but, if pressed, concede that vote by mail is a better system).

Go Obama!!!!

amber said...

things are looking good so far.... :)

ashleyjnc said...

My state may go Blue, My state may go Blue! Woohoo Go BLUE NC! I wish I could be so excited about everything else.......Yesterday's post was beautiful. Have you had the "big talk" about exclusiveness with mr. coffee yet?

Anonymous said...

"They were not able to decide between vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, so I let them have one of each."

I am going to take this as an omen for our multi-cultural future.

:-)

Anonymous said...

Barack Obama beats John McCain to become president!!!!!!!!!


wooo hoooo

The Whitsitt Family said...

Yes, he won!! This is so exciting. Such a beautiful thing for our country.

MrsPfeiff said...

Wooo hooooooo!! Even from Australia, a lot of us are stoked that Obama won. Wooo hoooooooo!!

Sylvie said...

Yay!!

Annagrace said...

He did it!!!!!!!!

Mijk said...

I just woke up in a world that has Barack Obama president in the US.

Kathryn said...

Proud of you all :-)

nienuh said...

Congratulations! It was nice waking up to a change this morning.

elderflowerpressee said...

Yay from New Zealand (of all places). Yay!

Melissa said...

YAY! After 8 years under a complete disaster of a presidency, our voices have been heard LOUD AND CLEAR!

To McCain and Palin:

Nah-nah-nah-nah
Nah-nah-nah-nah
Hey, hey, hey
Goodbye!

Here's your hat, what's your hurry?

Kerrie said...

There's a palpable feeling that the world is on the cusp of something so monumental and exciting.

I'm thrilled for Obama's win...have been anxiously watching coverage in Australia. Was discussing how big a day today was with my children (14 & 12) tonight...they were excited too but found it hard to understand such racism that has gone before.

May all of our children never know any different.

Anonymous said...

YES WE DID!!!!

I was so emotional last night. Have to say, I was proud of McCain for being so gracious, but Palin and her husband looked like they wanted to punch a locker, right?

What a beautiful First Family!!!! Hope they get a dalmation.

Anonymous said...

Melissa,

Grow Up - How old are you ? 2!

kate said...

YAY! What a great speech! I feel very optimistic and hopeful! I think Obama is going to do great things for our country!

Carol said...

Snick,
There's something about letting your kids have both a chocolate and vanilla cupcake, on a night where our United States elected a man with both a black and a white parent. Too cool.

Melissa said...

Anonymous (a.k.a. Sore Loser):

I'm 39, actually. All grown up, thank you very much. :-)

And I was quoting a SONG, you moron.

Rejoicing today that Republicans are hearing our message LOUD AND CLEAR. After 8 long years of having to live with this crap, there's now a new sheriff in town. So get used to it!

Lyndsay said...

Ohhh... the symbolism of the mixed-cupcake! Teehee...
Congratulations! I was cheering along with my 3-year old. She was also rooting for Obama because "his name sounds like Brock at preschool" and McCain was "old like Grandpa."

s_ivan said...

This morning Noa, upon hearing the election news, stated, "MY have a president Barack Obama, too!"

yay.

Anonymous said...

Thank God he won!!!! I'm so proud of him!!!!
gmg

Kady said...

HOORAY! President Barack Hussein Obama!! Can't wait can't wait can't wait.

Anonymous said...

I'm a new anon. Melissa, please don't assume anon #1 was a sore loser. I'm lifelong Dem and huge supporter of the Obamas, and like anon #1, I'm sorry, but I found your comments immature and grating. Can we please, please take a cue from our new leader, who last night in his historic speech created us anew as graciously serving one another. All Americans. The moment was humbling to us all. There was no room for gloating, immaturity, or hatred. We have much to do.

Anonymous said...

Yes, beautiful First Family elect. I predict they'll get a Poodle.

The sybolism of a Dalmation would be nice (or over the top, actually), but as a breed aren't they prone to problems. And we all know Barack's judgement is too good for that!!!

Anonymous said...

YES YOU CAN!!!!!

Well done to you Obama voters..

I think the whole world has just thinks he is the best thing ever, even here in South Africa ;-)

s_ivan said...

I think part of the good behavior Obama exhibits, in being above the fray, includes not calling other people out when their behavior doesn't live up to this same standard.

So, in my mind, that includes biting your tongue when someone else says/does something you find distasteful. Whether they lean the way you do politically or not.

Let's give ourselves a break from divisiveness - by moving on. All of us.

Anonymous said...

s_ivan -- I agree. That is, I think that all Americans, on "both sides," must be respectful of one another at this time. At the same time, I think that respectfully reminding one another that this is a new day may be necessarily for a while.

If you disagree, please allow me to challenge your comment, and know that I mean no disrespect. I just have to ask, how does your comment, and admonishment for "all of us" to move on, qualify as biting your tongue?

Let's be respectful, yes, but recognize that we may need to help each other to move on.

Thanks.

s_ivan said...

sorry. it wasn't an admonishment, t'was a request. sounds to me like we're on the same page, anon.

Anonymous said...

You let your children have two cupcakes???

That's IT. Clearly you are not fit to parent and are operating on some sort of pro-cupcake agenda to the detriment of your children. I'm calling social services. RIGHT NOW.

(it's a joke! really!)

Melissa said...

Despite the eloquent sentiments written here, I'm afraid I remain unapologetic for my earlier comments.

After 8 years of pent-up anger and frustration at being forced to live under the totalitarian Bush regime and endure having their shit crammed down our throats, I feel I'm entitled to ONE day of gloating before I move on.

Tomorrow I'll work on reconciliation, as President-Elect Obama ask us to do. Today, though, I'm feeling a bit smug -- and almost giddy -- that McCain (and Bush) supporters are finally getting a little taste of what I've been feeling for years. It's about time!

So, absolutely NO apologies from me.

Christine said...

I am thrilled. And I was watching Fix News when they called Ohio for Obama. I thought Brit Hume was going to shoot himself.

Go, change!