Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes We Can

Photos from the New York Times

In the six months that I've been running Cocoa, I've made it my goal to be as optimistic as humanly possible - to show people that life is what you make it and that the world is a dizzying, wonderful place. Nevertheless, it's hard to ignore what the world is going through today. We're in a crisis. We're struggling. People from all around the world are suffering in so many different ways, some losing their jobs, some losing their houses, some losing hope.

But today, all of that will change.

For the first time in my entire life, I can truly say that I am proud to be an American - that I love my country. I feel something today that I have never felt before, and it's a fizzy cocktail of pride and joy, but above all I feel hope - hope and the belief that this is the only country in the world where anything can happen. Where anyone can make a difference. Where anyone can change the world. America has just made history. We have come together for a common cause, and I truly believe that President Barack Obama will be the glue that keeps us together. Because we are one nation, one world, one voice. And yes, we can.

Penelope ♥


My Stifled Laughter said...

Hm, that's 2 of my favorite bloggers who liked Obama. I was happy too. :D I suppose we'll see the effects take place a few months or so after he takes office... I'll be waiting!

Remy said...

Remember September 12, 2001? The country was torn, lost, and angry - but we had the whole world on our side. Thankfully, we haven't had a tragedy like that happen again, but there haven't been many people on our side either.

Today, we've managed to make everyone American again.

Penny Lane said...

It really was an amazing night. I was crying and hopeful and proud. As you so aptly put it, i was proud to be an american again. Wonderful post! Thank you for the beautiful pictures :)

carey said...

i haven't felt so proud to be an american since 1993.

Olivia Violette said...

I love all the shots of people's reactions.
I am bursting with pride and happiness, and this morning as I walked into work and caught CNN on TV, it was the first time in forever that I was completely relieved, and hopeful for the future.

Chris said...

i have never commented before, but i have been reading your blog for some time. As an Australian, i have to say that the decision gave us a lot of hope too. I obviously can't speak for everyone, but i did get an excited text message from my mum when it became official :D I think we all really need some change right now. Your pictures really capture it. I feel Obama will do his best as president, i worry about all the expectations placed upon him, and i worry about the threats against him, but it's undeniable that his election into the white house is cause for a lot of rejoicing around the world.
It's a great feeling :)

Anonymous said...

I felt our country was united for those few minutes. I cried countless times during his acceptance speech and walked outside, breathing in the cold autumn air believing anything could be possible. I love Obama. Tired of hearing about the dog though.

EnchantedMusing said...


Bursting with pride, crying with hopefulness. Your pictures made me relive a night I never thought I'd see in my lifetime. I wish my grandmother - who couldn't vote until the year I was born- was around to see it. We've turned a page in our nations history - I pray, we write the next chapter well...

Thanks for sharing your blog!