Hard to know what to say. I feel like I've been holding my breath for two years watching Bush go from arrogance and incompetence to falling asleep at the wheel. When things went badly for him he seemed to lessen his interest in the problem. Others took over or maybe they always were in charge. Maybe he didn't really want to be president but not much else going on in his life since he gave up drinking and was plonked in the Texas state house.
That era is over and I can breathe again. Barack Obama is nothing if not engaged. I believe he will be a great president but even if he never lives up to the potential we have bestowed on him he's made a difference. Hope is a great thing. Hope is what gets us through the dark times. Without hope we lose humanity.
I've always voted and don't understand people who can't be bothered. Sure, freedom means the right to ignore the reason we're free, but when you shirk your duty you let those who would do harm get in. It's easy to blame Wall Street CEOs for our financial meltdown but elected officials eliminated the rules.
It took Bush's many and continuous failures to wake people up. A badly calculated war peppered with lies and spin. I wondered why more people didn't get the irony of waging war to spread democracy in the Middle East while trying to quash it at home. The shame of Katrina is ongoing, a virtual textbook on how to fail in epic proportions. Bush began to look more and more befuddled as if he didn't grasp cause and effect.
But here we are. For the first time in my adult life I am proud of the electorate. They finally got it. They rose up in all demographics and said, enough. That's democracy, the ability to throw the bums out.
It was an obsession, to be sure, and I"m already feeling that sinking feeling that comes with climbing a mountain and realizing that's only the exhilarating part of the journey. The work begins now, fixing what's broke. It's not as much fun as following poll numbers but I'll bet it's a whole lot more rewarding.