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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Oh, my God! Oh, my God!

I think I knew Barack Obama would be elected the 44th President of the United States at a moment during the Republican National Convention.

That moment came when Mitt Romney came to the stage to accept the nomination from the Republican Party as their candidate for President.

The set up was very different. He didn't just appear on stage. He came down the aisle - the way we see the POTUS during a State of the Union message - greeting and glad-handing and back-slapping all the way to the stage.

I had two thoughts. The first was that someone in the Republican Party was setting Romney up to look "presidential". The second was that someone in the Republican Party was giving Romney a little gift - the closest he would ever get to feeling and looking "presidential".

Either way, I'm sure someone figured that it couldn't hurt - and might help.

I knew then, in my bones, that Romney would lose. 

I didn't think it would be an easy win for Obama, but I knew that the RNC knew that they had a candidate that simply wouldn't - couldn't - carry the day.

And, if the RNC didn't believe that their candidate would - could - win, neither did I.

Although I must say, I'm still shaking and weeping this morning. I knew Obama could win but, frankly, my anxieties about what I was hearing in terms of voter suppression and intimidation were through the roof.

I couldn't believe that the White House could be bought, but when you begin to understand that billions - BILLIONS - of dollars were spent to elect Mitt Romney, well.... I didn't really, fully doubt that Obama wouldn't win, but my faith began to be shaken. 

When he won Pennsylvania and then Virginia - by a narrow margin - I knew Ohio and Florida wouldn't be far behind. I decided to go to bed and wake up in the morning hopeful - but not exactly certain - that he would win.

I had shut down my laptop and was getting ready to turn off the television when I heard that Obama had won. I literally fell to my knees and began shouting, "OhmyGod, OhmyGod, OhmyGod, OhmyGod!" I was trembling and weeping with surprise and delight and joy and prayers of thanksgiving.

This morning, I learned that Marriage Equality had passed in Maine and Maryland. While I'm still deeply insulted that marriage for LGBT people had to be put to a vote, I'm over the moon with joy at the final result.

I think I finally got to bed by 1:30. I had to hear Romney's concession speech to know it was true. I listened to a bit of Obama's acceptance speech and then I was ready for sleep.

As they say in Ghana, I slept like a foolish man. Deeply. Peacefully. 

I'm wondering, this morning, how those who prayed so hard for Romney will feel about his loss.  I wondered how Romney felt, coming so agonizingly close to victory. It's easy to fall into a belief about "God's will" - when things go our way. I don't hear too much of that when we are disappointed.

I found this quote this morning from Br. Kevin Hackett of the Society of St. John Baptist.
There is enormous danger for us, particularly in the United States, in appropriating the language of chosen people for our political identity. It is a national temptation with which we have struggled almost from the beginning. It is a legacy of the early European settlement of this land, and truthfulness on this point is slippery.
It's also a biblical legacy. The victor was always seen as having "manifest destiny".

This victory wasn't fate. It was hard work. A political campaign fought hard and well won.

Forward! That was the campaign slogan. No, Obama didn't accomplish everything he had hoped to do in the first four years. He has four more years to work with an equally divided Congress. It's not going to be easy. That's why you and I have to work just as hard to move forward against the tide of a deeply divided nation.

We have to move forward on repealing DOMA.  We have to work to put this nation back to work and reduce the debt. We have to continue to work for Reproductive Justice and equality for women in the market place. The Affordable Health Care Act will be implemented - but we all know that it is just the beginning. More work needs to be done.

We will get out of Afghanistan and we have to continue to work for peace in the Middle East and an end to terrorism. That will give us a good start on continuing to reduce the debt.  And, we have two, maybe three Supreme Court justices to name to secure Roe v. Wade.

I'm thinking Hillary would make a wonderful Supreme Court judge, don't you?

And, we have to begin the work - now - on the election slate for 2016. It's not too soon.

Right now - just for today - I'm going to take some time to let the reality sink in. President Obama has four more years.  And, so do we.

Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!


NS+ said...

I'm thinking Hillary would make a wonderful Supreme Court judge, don't you?-
YES! What a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Now begins the hard work of beefing up our more progressive presence in the House in 2014. This is not over. As President Obama said, there's more work to be done. But maybe this go-round, it won't be *quite* an uphill struggle.

Marthe said...

Up late, waiting for results, and here in my rather large, decidedly diverse building, a shout went up when the win was announced ... "Thank you Jesus!" ... over and over. Haven't heard that here since Lebron James was in town making the Cavaliers winners. Not sure our Lord actually helped in the election, but I'm good with the thanking, anyway.
Oh, and billionaires ... nah,nah,nah,nah,nah,nah (yeah, I know that's childish, but I'm a little giddy at the moment).

Kirkepiscatoid said...

I have to confess I did not sweat the presidential election all that much. I have been following the "13 Keys to the White House" line of thought (, and I was pretty comfortable that the President Obama had plenty of keys.

I was WAAAAY more concerned about Claire McCaskill retaining her Missouri Senate seat against Todd Akin, b/c she was working against HEAVY spending against her despite Akin sticking his foot in his mouth on a regular basis. There was a lot of money spent peppering my mailbox with ads that made her look like a hag.

I went to bed happy that Missouri women spoke up with their ballots (even though there seemed to be a disconnect about that in Missouri with the presidential race.) I think women are going to start speaking up for their own bodies. A sleeping giant has been awakened.

Anonymous said...

"I'm wondering, this morning, how those who prayed so hard for Romney will feel about his loss."

Pretty bad, actually. Not that I was expecting otherwise: I didn't fully buy the crooked poll theory of the Hannity types and living in deep blue California keeps conservatives realistic. When even Rasmussen showed a close predicted result, I didn't think the Electoral College would go well.

I have been expecting God to withdraw some of His blessings over this land in light of our grotesque sins. I shouldn't be so upset when it comes to pass.

Congratulations on historic victories for both President and SSM. IMNSHO this is truly a watershed election that will affect the life of this country for years.


whiteycat said...

And all I can say is THANK GOD!!!

Nan Bush said...

My daughter Katy, in London, called early this morning, sounding the way she did all those years ago when she was little.

"Mom? Mom? That was SO SCARY! I mean, that was really SCARY! But it's all right now, isn't it?"

She had heard from the American poet, like her, down the street, and the American poet in Greece, and another in France, all with the same shaky voice: "It's all right now, isn't it?"

Yes, honey girl, it's as all right as it can be, all things considered. Now we all get back to the real work of the world. The real work of God's people.

Thanks, Elizabeth, for all your saying and feeling and being. Um, and your vote!

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

NS+ - I think it's a brilliant idea. Someone call the POTUS. Quick.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Tracie - I think the next four years are going to be better than the last four. He won the Electoral College AND the popular vote by 3 Million. That's quite a mandate. And, the nation is onto the Republican obstructionists who, themselves, will be running for re-election in two years. It's not going to be easy but it won't be as hard.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Marthe - I think you're allowed a bit of pre-adolescent behavior. I've been reading some conservative blogs and it didn't take them 10 seconds to move from Muslim and Socialism to Hitler's Germany.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Kirke - From your mouth to God's ear.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Hi, Michael. I'm really sorry for your sense of loss. However, I don't believe that God withdraws any blessing or promise or breaks a covenant. But, you knew that about me, anyway.

Look, we dealt with Dubya for 8 years. You can deal with Obama for 4 more.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Whitecat - Amen

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Nan - I hope all those ex-pats in UK voted anyway. And, as I said earlier, it's not going to be easy but it is going to be better.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Elizabeth, I sweated on Tuesday evening, too, though I thought Obama would win. Even after the announcement that he was over the top, I fretted that someone might have got something wrong. I stayed up for both speeches and got to bed around 2:30, but I was too keyed up to fall asleep right away.

I think Hillary would make a splendid Supreme Court justice. She's done an excellent job as Sec. of State.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

It was an EXCELLENT election result. I was sooOOOoo excited. Still am. Hope and Change. Forward.