And by the end, I mean the end of the Bush era. I guess it has been near for awhile, but until last night it still felt like Bush's reign (of terror?) would never actually end.
As an outsider looking in, I really felt the excitement of the Americans who had been hoping for a change for so long. I emailed and facebooked back and forth with my American relatives (first apologizing for not getting my butt in gear and figuring out how to vote as a dual citizen) and I could feel the hope. It felt like there was a buzz. No one was sure it would actually happen and now a sigh of relief that it did. (though, as my aunt said, regardless, the Bush era is all but over. and whether it was McCain or Obama, that is what mattered the most to her)
It is strange, as someone who hasn't really ever thought that race was a big deal (probably because I am white and don't have to personally deal with racial discrimination in my daily life), I kind of thought "Um, I don't get what the big deal about a black president is" (mostly that I don't understand why someone would use race to determine their vote). But as I was listening to Obama's speech this morning (you know me, i like my bed times early...so i was in bed when his speech was made), I think I finally got it. As he was describing the voter who has, in her lifetime, not been able to vote because she is a woman and because she is black, I think I finally got it.
And what a great thing for black Americans everywhere to be able to look their children in the eyes, tell them they can be anything, and believe it.
What's next? Hopefully for mothers everywhere to be able look their daughters in the eyes, tell them they can be anything, and believe it.