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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Champagne!



It feels like a door just opened. It is amazing!

It is my son's birthday today, he received an email from his French grandma. She is proud that the Americans elected Obama as their new President and says that Harper will remember the date! I will certainly remember the date too!

My first vote as an American citizen and Obama is elected President! What a gift!

A few days ago the children voted at their school and Obama was elected. So when we told our children that we were kind of stressed waiting for the results of the elections yesterday, they were pretty surprised and one said: "We already voted, Obama won!"

Last night we celebrated with our American/French-American/French friends with good food and champagne. Suddenly, it was on the screen: "Obama elected President". This time there was no hesitation, no perhaps, no maybe, it was clear and loud, it was a huge wave nobody could contest.
It was great to share that moment and to witness the event together.

There are people who do not believe things can/will change and that it is absurd to be so optimistic, especially in the midst of such a worldwide mess.

We'll see. I am hopeful.

2 comments:

Eric said...

Salut Michele, vu d’ici, de France, c’est assez réjouissant aussi !!! Mais au delà des changements de politique espérés et attendus, il faut surtout saluer la symbolique de cette élection dans l’histoire des peuples et les espoirs qu’elle peut susciter. C'est historique!

Michele Guieu said...

Oui, c'est historique, et j'espere qu'au dela de la politique c'est un bon signe que quelque chose peut changer ici et ailleurs.

En meme temps, et c'est un des paradoxes de cette election, la "proposition 8" qui demandait le bannissement (!) des mariages de personnes de meme sexe en Californie a ete approuvee par une majorite de votants (nous avons vote en meme temps pour elire un president et pour un tas de "propositions" concernant la Californie, certaines concernant uniquement San Diego).

Je ne suis certainement pas fiere de ca! J'ai vote contre eveidemment et je n'imaginais pas qu'une telle proposition puisse passer! Surtout en Californie!
Le chemin de la tolerance est encore tres long.

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