A historical moment

It has been said and said again, and you might be sick of hearing that cliché at this point. But I do feel like I have just been through a historical moment. One of those milestones that everyone has in their lives so they can say “Oh, yeah, I remember, that happened just before the assassination of JFK. That day, I was doing such and such”. In my life, there has been the death of lady Di, there has been 9/11… Now there is the election of Barack Obama.

I was so happy last night to be in the Pacific time zone and to be able to live it live. I watched his victory speech, and the tears were running down my cheeks. I’m not even sure why. Because he is the first Black president and after studying the history of the United States rather extensively in University, I feel the signification of that milestone deep inside my bones? Because after 8 years of right-wing government I am hoping that the United States will finally take a turn for the better and regain some of their lost clout? Simply because Obama has amazing speech writers and knows how to deliver a speech flawlessly and pull on the hearstrings of all his over-sensitive viewers (which I know I am a part of)? I don’t know, and last night, really, I didn’t care.

I know that Obama may not live up to our expectations. Who could? He was almost pictured as a demi-god. Nobody is perfect. But last night, I was just submerged in the moment and I celebrated with all Americans and, really, with the rest of the world. Here was hope, delivered on a platter. Here was the American dream. I know, it’s cheezy. But it’s still true. And I can just imagine what that victory must have been for those who worked so hard for it, those who fought for the rights of the Black people in the United States. Do you realize that it was only 50 years ago that Black people didn’t have the right to sit with White people pretty much anywhere? It wasn’t that long ago: a lot of those who fought for desegregation are still alive today. We saw Reverend Jesse Jackson crylast night, and I can just imagine all that must have been going in his head.

And this morning, when they were playing Obama’s speech on the radio and everyone was chanting “Obama! Obama!”, our son started repeating “Mama! Mama!” Too cute.

One Response to “A historical moment”

  1. Danielle Says:

    Pour moi aussi ce fut un grand moment. Le 4 au soir, pour moi, rien n’était encore fait, et quand je me suis levée, le 5 au matin, je me suis dépêchée d’ouvrir l’ordinateur… et je n’en croyais pas mes yeux!!!! Je me suis rendue compte à ce moment que je l’espérais très fort mais que je ne croyais pas vraiment qu’il pouvait être élu… Comme un beau cadeau!! Qu’il soit le premier noir élu, quand on connaît l’histoire des Etats-Unis, ce n’est pas anodin, en effet!!!