today

The world woke up to history today. The new 44th President of United States of America was elected in an overwhelming majority. A change that the Americans wanted to happen and made it happen. The power of a vote. 

You see the man, his smile, the strength in his voice and his opening lines yesterday and one cannot help but feel a warmth growing within, even if you were a staunch Republican.

His speech  with the opening lines “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.” 

Many immigrants will nod their heads to those lines. USA has indeed been the land of our dreams, in small and many ways. It has been for me.  If we do put our minds, hearts and soul to work, this indeed would be the place where dreams do come true. It is possible.

The man who will take office come Jan 20th 2009 is one who has reached a point in his life despite many odds. If one isn’t inspired by him to channel themsleves forward and carry on the hope to the future, little else would.

McCain’s concession speech was exemplary. My respect for the man rose with every word he spoke, a fantastic, elegant and strong exit. 

“In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans, who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president, is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.”

These are fine orators we witness amongst us.  Leaders of different kinds, but ultimately being able to deliver words in ways that can at once be considered appealing, powerful and assuring. 

It is indeed historical times we live in. I look forward to the day when our future, including my grandchildren would interview me and ask me what it was to have lived during these times. For that reason alone I chronicle these pieces, perahps take a printout and save the newspapers, and create a time capsule to be opened many years down the road. 

So this lovely day as there are tears of joy and happiness all around, I behaved like a spoilt child shedding tears of a different kind. 

Few minutes before I left home, with a myriad things on my mind, I snapped at the husband, yelled at him and slammed the door on my way out. I nearly drove off the road trying to save a squirrel and in the process spilt the can of V8 on my lovely brown shirt. Ultimately I reached work in a blundering wet mess. From tears, from V8 and from the puddle I stepped into at the garage. 

Oh well, maybe the rest of the day would be better. 

On that note, Go Obama, Go USA. May everyone’s dreams come true.

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19 thoughts on “today

  1. Very Good Post Rads

    I voted yesterday for the first time in USA. The enormity of this election did not sink in until the results were declared. The margin with which he won is really remarkable. Now I can be proud to say that my State Maryland made the difference too…

  2. Historical indeed!

    look at the bright side, you didn’t run over the squirrel. something I can’t say for myself, and spent the next few minutes praying to all Gods. My car is too silent and the squirrel was too dumb is all I can say.

    I somehow cannot get myself to like V8s, I would rather eat the veggies, inspite of anyone who might boink my head.

    I wonder about the reactions of those closet racists. My ex coworker’s dad apparently is a strong one and I am almost of a mind to ask her about it. But I am certainly glad that this is a chance to move beyond such. Have you read secret life of bees? Even in the 60s, there was so much racism in this country, and 40 years down the road, progress indeed

  3. I guess all I can say … “Enough with the words, Lets see some action!” and this goes to both -> Obama to show the people what he made them hope for can come true and McCain to give a healthy opposition when Obama goes wrong!

  4. Mystic: Obama just rocks, what can I say!? :)

    Pilgrim: Absolutely. A healthy challenge and dialog just makes everyone better. :)

    Dinesh: I know :)

    Munimma: I didn’t like v8 either, but sometimes that becomes my breakfast.
    O of course there are closet-racists of all sorts, they just gonna have to deal with it.

    Jyothi: You commented! *whoa*
    am teasing you :-p

    Laksh: Blame it on quick reflexes. :-)

  5. Obama won, I can type that all day and everytime it will be with glee:)

    I am sitting here in office, seriously wondering why every one around me is not jumping up and down. The blog world seems to be celebrating it little more:)

    Ps: i don’t know if obama will get us out of the economic crisis,i don’t know if anyone can.

  6. thepatriots: O absolutely. I sure don’t speak for anyone but me. It IS my personal blog after all.

    Sachita: hehe, yeah, I know what you mean. The guy has some good ideas, we’ll just have to wait and see.. :)

  7. historic win .let us see how he remakes the nation in war transition.As he said “it may not happen in 1 year or 1 term…. ” .lets wait and see whether they fulfill the promises.

  8. Every news channel was covering his victory and speech and I did’nt even a single min to sit peacefully watch his speech :(
    Hope to catch up with the video soon.

    Was just reading another blogger and started wondering if India will witness a good leader!!!

  9. Praveen: We live in good times. We have the power to freeze the past moments into little boxes on youtube. :-)

    Saloni: oh yes, we certainly do. The poor things :)
    You have a beautiful name btw. That’s what it means rt?

    max: Absolutely. Bloody mary’s are safe for wimps like me. :)

    stitha: Yes! I’ve saved transcripts and newspaper. What did you do?

    Giri: It’s the power of words. :)

    Radhika: Oh yea, after teh initial euphoria, everyone’s eyes would be on him. Tremendous pressure the man has…

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