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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

YES WE CAN.

Yes, Obama. What a thrill.

What was your voting experience like? Oh my goodness, I voted under the wire. Toby went to bed, Alex got home, and I literally ran to our polling site at 8:55pm. People on the streets were yelling, "You can make it!!!" Later, as we were following the election results on TV, we could see the Empire State Building from our window and watched as the blue line rose higher and higher.

Obama's speech was fantastic. More great photos here. And remember this shot?

How do you feel about his win?

(Top photo by Doug Mills for the New York Times)

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eve said...

Had this conversation with the husband:

Me: Did he win?
Husband: It's not over yet. Time difference.

We're relieved. And we're in Malaysia.

Amy Gemmel said...

Wowsers... Looks like you really stirred up some harsh comments here Jo!

Amy said...

Bless your heart, Stephanie. Many of us do not believe that it is in poor taste to celebrate marriage equality, equal rights, increasing economic prosperity, and a DJIA that has increased significantly throughout the past four years. Many of us may presume that the economic realities of the past four years were the result of failed policies by the prior administration and a GOP whose (explicitly stated) number one priority was to deny the President a second term.
Moreover, if you knew anything about Joanna's family, you would know her husband is an esteemed journalist for the New York Times, in which case, I think she and her family are more than "qualified" to espouse an opinion on politics. But at the micro-level, she is a citizen and a voter, which makes her "qualified," whether her understanding is elementary or otherwise.
Finally, the DJIA yesterday could just as easily be explained by Germany's rising risk of recession. I am sure your opinions are reasoned, but your discourse is coarse and and your attitude toward our hostess is tacky.

feedmenow333 said...

What is so great about a man whose policies have actually made the effects of the recession worse, who wants the bureaucrats who can't run the Post Office to micromanage the administration of every American's health care, who kills Americans overseas who have never been charged or convicted of a crime, and who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer than four years, and plans to repay none of it and promises to borrow another $5 trillion in his second term?

rachel said...

I am so disappointed and offended by the view that women who are not pro-choice are not self-respecting. For me, the issue of abortion is about basic responsibility (in addition, obviously, to my beliefs about when life begins). If you have sex, you could get pregnant. It's simple cause and effect. If you don't like the effect, don't participate in the cause. If you do become pregnant and can't afford it, adoption is an often disregarded option. There are many loving, generous families who offer to pay all medical and living expenses. Yes, pregnancy will affect your day to day life for 9 months...but that is the result of the choice you made earlier. Of course, I support abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother -- and that was Romney's stance. But the idea that I might have to fund the lapses in judgment for other people literally makes me feel ill. This growing idea of entitlement and not accepting the consequences for one's actions really, really worries me. And I, for one, think that actually makes me self-respecting. Am I the only woman who feels this way?

Shawnee said...

Obama is like Santa Clause, that's what. People are becoming way too dependent on the government, aka, lazy! Not gonna lie, I cried yesterday. I am still in disbelief that Obama won. I am definitely for Romney. Now, it's up to God...I'm praying that Obama doesn't ruin America any more than he has.

Shawnee said...

Yes! I am with you as well, Eliot. It scares me how many people actually believe Obama. Literally chills me to the bone.

Laura said...

As a gay American who would love to marry my partner and enjoy the same rights as a straight couple does, Obama really HAS made a huge difference in four years. A lot of people feel "eh" about him, and I understand, but I have to say that for a lot of folks, the difference of having a president who came out for gay rights is huge!

Laura said...

Anna and Kipin, I wanted to say just a little something about how Obama has impacted my life.

As a gay American who is hopeful that one day I can marry my beloved ladyfriend and enjoy all the legally recognized rights of a straight couple, Obama has made a huge impact in the past four years. I understand the "meh" feeling about him, since he had such an uphill battle getting anything done with a Republican controlled House bent on defeating any Democrat backed bill, but for me, the impact of him publicly coming out for gay rights has been huge.

I work for myself, and it seemed like a miracle finding an insurance company who would cover me despite a pre-existing condition, even though I have to pay very high premiums for that "privilege". So Obamacare is impactful on my life, too!

Laura said...

Sarah, try being gay and not being able to visit your partner in the hospital, paying higher taxes than a legally married straight couple, not being able to leave your partner your estate after you die without them being hit with huge taxes. It makes a HUGE difference. I have to respectfully ask that you not speak for actual gay people, such as myself, because it is so hurtful that you would say that gay marriage doesn't mean anything because of a bad economy.

Rana said...

I know cities tend to be liberal and vote Democrat, so I understand why it feels in NYC like EVERYONE is pumped. Not so in other parts of the country. I'm really bummed about a second term. I am not republican but libertarian. I want LESS government and I really dislike the socialist direction we're taking as a country. The fact that Obama pressed through a health care bill that so many citizens and state governments DETESTED and protested is dreadful. He's not good at reaching across the aisle and I am depressed that he got a second chance.

Maeve Donnelly said...

Another Irish comment.... but just wanted to say that we are essentially feeling relieved over here. Obama has a bit of sense and gumption and alot of charisma. We think he's fab and are just glad he's still in the job.

JStacie said...

I hope it is not being a sore loser to disagree. I really can't get excited about our borrowing more and more money from China. As far as worrying about what other countries think, please. In case no one noticed, their economies are tanking. And we want to adopt more and more policies to make us like them? While I did not particularly love Romney, I was pretty sure a man who could successfully run major companies and fix the Salt Lake City Olympics fiasco could do a better job at running the economy than a man who thought the best way to get us out of the hole was to keep digging.

Janan said...

I think it's funny that many are congratulating you on your bravery.....for voting for the winner? Interesting. :)

jojo said...

Thanks for being brave enough to ask for political opinions, Joanna! Wow, this one really brought out the nasty in some people who commented!

I voted for Romney, but not because (as some comments have suggested) I am out of touch with reality, watch Fox news, or because Romney hates women (that claim was just weird). I also am not upper class or Mormon.

I voted for him after reading Obama's autobiography and partially reading Romney's book. I also voted for Romney because of my disappointment in Obama's foreign policy and the way the administration handled the attacks on Americans in Libya. I have friends on both ends of the political spectrum, and we had many discussions before election day.

I think most people went into the voting booths with very strong opinions on either side. I don't think either side should be demeaned because of the way someone voted. It's the beauty of a democracy! Now that Obama has won, I will continue to be respectful, even if I disagree.

I think it's super childish to attack Joanna for giving Obama a shoutout, and it's just as immature and ignorant to label everyone who voted Republican as hateful morons. We all have different reasons for voting the way we did, and my reason is just as valid as yours. Now that the election is over, can't we all just get along?!? Here's hoping that Obama will move our country forward over the next four years!!

Anneke Hildebrand said...

I am Canadian and I am so relieved that OBAMA wont he election. In Canada we love him. So it was a very good night. I cried tears of joy Tuesday night. Couldn;t be happier. Proud of the women that were elected into senate on congress. Let's move FORWARD together like OBAMA said.

Grace G. McNicholas said...

Wow, way to isolate your readers with different views. Done reading this blog.

Kelsey Brown said...

Highly disappointed that he has been elected for another four years. I fear America is greatly on the wrong path. The founding fathers of this great county would be in shock. I cannot fathom the approval of gay marriage, marijuana legalization, and abortion. God bless America during these trying times.

Ruth from California said...

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" Ian MacLaren

Peace be with you Stephanie!

Niamh said...

Amen...I'm worried, honestly, but I will give my support and prayers to our president!

fae ehsan said...

why is that sad? if an old rich white guy doesn't represent you, why would you vote for them?

kamma said...

As an Australian I'm always so bemused by the ease at which Americans declare their country 'the greatest on earth'.

simplykimross said...

Mission Accomplished Obama!!

Hilary said...

Haha love this. And don't get me started on it's and its!

I am a big Obama supporter and am so glad he won. He's extremely intelligent, thoughtful and caring. The U.S. has huge challenges but there's no one I'd rather see leading the way.

Ana Wall said...

I guess there are very few people who read your blog that care about the economy and state of our country. Of course, those from other countries don't care if we are trillions of dollars in debt. What's the big deal to you? Get a clue people. It won't matter who you want to marry or whether you can choose to have an abortion or what race you are if our country is bankrupt. Obama has no business running this country if all he wants to do is get us further and further in debt.
I actually think its great a black man is president of the US. It's time to get rid of racial issues. But .. really .. would this man ever have gotten elected if he were a white? Probably not.

Unknown said...

No baby is killed in an abortion!?!?! Legalized partial birth abortions and less than 1% of abortions being related to incest and or rape and you actually believe babies aren't killed? Thank you for so clearly defining why Obama won. I can't believe that an ameoba on mars would be considered life, but not a heartbeat in a womb here on earth. It's a copout to say that that it's nonviable tissue. We are here to protect those who commit protect themselves. You are free to do what you want with your own body, but I don't believe you should have the right to end another's life when that life cannot speak up to defend himself or herself.

Unknown said...

No baby is killed in an abortion!?!?! Legalized partial birth abortions and less than 1% of abortions being related to incest and or rape and you actually believe babies aren't killed? Thank you for so clearly defining why Obama won. I can't believe that an ameoba on mars would be considered life, but not a heartbeat in a womb here on earth. It's a copout to say that that it's nonviable tissue. We are here to protect those who commit protect themselves. You are free to do what you want with your own body, but I don't believe you should have the right to end another's life when that life cannot speak up to defend himself or herself.

jadelees said...

Just thought I would post as an Australian for yet another overseas opinion.
Knowing Obama was re-elected I felt incredibly incredibly proud of America as a collective.

I am not sure if America realises just how influential they remain internationally.

It is amazing to see just how far forward America's general opinion is moving. Pun intended.

Very Very proud of America!

Michelle said...

SO SAD!! Do you realize that there are a handful of my friends whose businesses will close due to the fact Obama is re-elected! I will now have to get a job after being a stay at home mom for 10 years! He is not small business friendly! This country is crumbling before our eyes! Maybe my husband should just quit his job so we can collect welfare and live off of the government and get ourselves an Obama phone! It seems the thing to do around here.

mes814 said...

here is the truth-
distract them with confetti and songs,
games and rhetoric.
Beautiful talk and
admirable intentions.

Keep the band playing while the Titanic sinks.

Give the people of Rome bread and games and leave them to their corruption to distract from the ultimate corruption of their leaders.


If it's not one man, it's another. Partisan politics is broken and a convenient distraction from the reality of our situation.



Mariellen said...

I am so tired of hearing about how congress and the house are against the President. Being a President is being presidential and doing what it takes to bring the sides together. President Clinton did it and our country flourished for it. Stop pointing fingers and get to work everyone!! We all know it is nobodies fault apparently, but someone needs to get it together. America is to great of a country to continue going in the direction it is headed. I work in healthcare and government controlled healthcare is NOT what we need. It is so frustrating when people who have no idea continue to think it is wonderful when it is not. Patients are suffereing and not recieving the appropriate care already and it is directly related to this new healthcare act. More free clinics is a much better option I promise!!

Mariellen said...

It is not that people do not want people to have access to doctors it is the fact that the gov should not have a say of what type of care you can receive. I work in healthcare and that is exactly what you will be getting. In the line of work I do if I feel a patient needs my services I cannot touch certain patients until it is approved by the gov which can take 10 plus days. Before this healthcare act if I felt it was needed I could treat immediately, but now the gov knows my job, so well that they can tell me when and if I can treat my patients. Before the healthcare act if patients did not have insurance I could get approval from my facility within the day to treat the patients. More free clinics and volunteers is what our country needs not gov controlled healthcare.

Emily said...

Briar Rose, this is exactly the type of attitude that got us where we are. Name calling does nothing to help the situation. You may not like the outcome, but now you must work with what we have. From the comment you wrote I can only hope you are NOT someone to dig your heels in and be a contrarian just because your party lost.

Emily said...

That is the spirit!

AAH said...

I know most women support Obama for social issues, however, it baffles me that we can turn our heads on the spiraling economy. I am a pro-choice believer in equal rights, but we have got to stop the over-spending before China owns us. And last time I checked, China doesn't give much of a damn about women's rights or equal rights for the gay and lesbian community. Another point I would like to bring up are the tax cuts that the White House is going to let expire, namely charitable contributions. This is going to cripple charities! Allowing wealthy Americans to contribute pre-tax dollars is a huge incentive for them to fund some pretty amazing charities. We are already increasing their unfair tax burden, let's keep them motivated to keep donating! And while we are at it, let's keep them investing by not raising capital gains.

meredith said...

As another Meredith in DC with a similar voting experience this year and outlook on the country, I second this post!

Jamie said...

I am relieved. Very relieved. My toddler son has hemophilia,so Obamacare is integral to his future. I no longer have to worry about him (or us)going bankrupt due to lifetime limits and pre-existing condition clauses. I do agree that the economy is extremely important, but all the money in the world does not matter without your health. As a nation we need to start taking care of each other, and that comes in many forms, including providing everyone with the basic right to health care.

Add to that the support for social issues, and I am even more relieved!

jonas&alyssa. said...

i am sad. this man kills innocent people with drones.
no one cares about that.
or the fact that he supports drones. drones are evil!


it also saddens me that everyone believes there are only two choices. chris matthews said this:
"If you vote for one of these numbskull third or fourth party candidates like [Libertarian Party candidate] Gary Johnson or [Green Party candidate] Jill Stein, and say ‘I was surprised at what happened.’ No, you shouldn’t be because idiots like you voted for third and fourth party candidates and they don’t know how the system works."

his comment is so messed up. it is a giant scam. all of it is.

& listen to noagenda. not your mainstream media.

Tyne Swedish said...

I love that people in the streets were cheering you on! That's the America I want to live in! My voting experience was quick and easy. I went mid-day with my mother (we always vote together). My husband had to race from work to vote before the polling center (my nephew's school) closed here in Indy. He said he didn't have a line and I hadn't faced one either but my mother told me that the morning was crazy busy with people waiting for the center (a fire station behind my childhood home) to open. Everything was friendly and smooth.

I love that Obama won. I feel as though I can breathe easy for the next four years. YAY! Also what a great night for Gay American rights! YES!!! The night was stressful followed by A(nother) landslide victory for Obama and him making me cry during his speech. I don't know what it is but that man reaches me.

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Jennifer Terry said...

"Thrilled," "SO happy," "elated," "relieved," I am confused as to why posters seem to have had a near orgasmic event upon his reelection. I remember no other president receiving such unconditional adoration. Obama is, after-all, a politician. I believe it is so imperative in our country to scrutinize our politicians, hold them up to the light and watch their every move. It unnerves me that so many have put "faith" in him. He is a politician, not a messiah.

Shelley said...

Joana you said, "No baby is killed in an abortion, providing it's done in time". I'd like to know what information you base that opinion on. When does life begin? And are we really arrogant enough to think that we can decide WHEN that is? Or should we maybe just assume that a child is first conceived, well that's probably when they start LIVING. What if a mother miscarries early on in her pregnancy and deals with such grief and pain for that loss of precious life? Are you going to deny her the right to say that a life was lost because it was "early on"?

I am so disheartened by this lack of respect for the sanctity of life.

Nieqo said...

Can I just re-iterate how much the whole world is relived! Go Obama. Here in Australia I know we are. Someone asked me why I would care the other day. I/we care because Americas politics and political decisions affect us all. We are all apart of the world and all of our decisions affect the greater whole. no matter how large or small. Thank goodness and thank you for being honest and posting about your political leanings.

danielle said...

I also cried myself to sleep. I feel like my own American Dream was stripped from my hands. My opportunities after professional school are dwindling and my ideas for starting my own private practice some day are looking more and more unlikely. I WANT TO TAKE CHARGE OF MY OWN FUTURE, and I feel like it just became exponentially more difficult financially. The taxes are and will be increasingly crushing.

Our nation is divided and Obama has made it pretty clear he's not exactly the most forth-coming when it comes to compromise. WE NEED A LEADER AND A NATION OF PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WE ARE SPLIT AND TO ACCEPT THE OTHER SIDE'S POINT OF VIEW AND FIND WAYS TO COMPROMISE. We needed a bipartisan leader that could unite our country and while I don't think Romney represented that in all aspects, he certainly made it clear he wanted to try.

As much as my heart aches for those people who need help, it is NOT our government's role to help each and EVERY one of them. That is where charitable organizations, churches, etcetera step in to assist. As individuals we need to learn to help ourselves, to WORK HARD, and not just expect help whenever we fail the first time. "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. TEACH a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Our government right now is handing out way too many fish from my basket when I hardly have enough to feed myself.

danielle said...

I couldn't agree more and am sad to see that half of America doesn't realize this.

-amy said...

I voted for social AND economic reasons. That's why I chose Obama. Many of us believe that the issues are entwined. And we are intelligent and well-informed voters too. I can respect that those who are disappointed will never see things the way that is so clear to me, as I will never really understand their perspective. I will never believe what a Republican believes. A Republican will never believe what I believe. Just because each of us is "wrong" in the other's eyes doesn't mean that we can't work together and find common ground.

I am also proud to say that I was able to follow a 106-year-old voter into my polling place. She was very sharp and was determined to let her vote be counted even though it took much more energy and intention and work for her to get there than it does for most of us. Let freedom ring!

etoilee8 said...

This is an excellent idea. GEtting involved! Activism instead o slacktivism. I'm going to take this pledge with you.

Jo said...

Just so you know. Brazilian. Relieved. Go Obama!!!! =D

Bebe said...

Speaking as a 60 year old mother and grandmother I am concerned for the future for all of the younger and future generations.The war on capitalism is working.Democrats have succeeded in vilifying any sort of success in the market place,when many are successful capitalists themselves.Hard work has almost always been rewarded.Now those who are successful will be punished for their success.Not every rich person is a trust fund baby.I have friends and a brother who are successful small business owners and are already suffering from the last 4 years.The welfare restrictions put in place during the Clinton administration have been abandoned.Everyone needs help occasionally.I have been on unemployment due to a layoff, my daughter received assistance when she had her daughter and received food stamps when she was a college student. We now both work full time jobs.I don’t begrudge anyone that help but making a living on the government is dangerous.We are quickly becoming a nanny state and I believe this is what the president wants. Do you think the money the government gives these people comes from outer space?? It comes from YOU.

Everyone knows the healthcare system needs reform but not on the backs of the working people who are going to be taxed to death in order to pay for it.There has to be a better way.We have a president and congress who had not even read all of the law when they passed it nor are they going to participate in Obamacare. What's wrong with that picture??

The war on women is also working.For anyone to think that Mitt Romney does not believe in equal rights for women is mistaken.I wonder how many Obama voters care that the women who work in the white house make less money than the men. Mitt Romney did not think this country should ban abortion. To use abortion in order to get rid of a “problem” is both reckless and wrong.I have had friends who had abortions when they were young who have now carried that guilt their entire lives.Abortion should not be used as a means of birth control.Interesting that we are looking for organisms on other planets and call that “life” but an embryo is not?? If you don’t make it life it takes away the guilt of committing legal murder.Obama voted in Illinois to allow late term abortion which is a tragedy.

I don't care what those outside of the US think about this election.Has anyone looked at what is happening in Europe? Demonstrations in many countries when the governments are trying to rein in the debt and have votes for austerity. Could this be the US in the near future??

My children and grandchildren(and sweet little Toby along with his mom and dad) will have to pay for the mistakes these administrations are making (both republican and democrat).This country IS NOT better off than it was 4 years ago.The habit of blaming Bush will continue because it is so convenient and it is believed.Senator Obama was in the majority democratic senate during part of President Bush’s administration–he is responsible for what happened also.

I believe a lot of people looked at this election through blue colored glasses so it isn’t really possible to point out how bad things are because they don’t want to listen. They are kidding themselves when they think Obama is the savior for making everything better.If he performed like this in a public sector job I doubt he would still be in that job.

Many vilify Fox news as a right wing network when in reality Fox is the only network that comes close to giving both sides of an issue.I do watch other channels but from what I see, the others are not reporting the news because they are so busy carrying Obama’s torch.

This country is in dire need of a LEADER, not a slick, smooth talking politician who knows how to smile (eye candy), whine and blame his way out of this country’s problems.He might be cool and run with the "popular crowd" but that simply isn't enough for me.This is not a football game where there are “winners” and “sore losers”. We will all win or lose together in this game. Heaven help us.

sarah k said...

I am deeply dismayed by the election results, not only because I disagree with some of Obama's social agendas, but moreso because everything I read and learn leads me to believe that America is headed for probable financial disaster unless our economic policies change drastically. The Europeans love Obama, but who would want to be part of the European financial debacle right now? I certainly don't.

That said, I am glad you got to vote and I applaud everyone's right to vote as they choose, and to be excited or discouraged by the results, as they choose. Handshakes all round, and God bless America.

Ashley said...

I very much agree, Rachel! Here's to hoping!

Ashley said...

I very much agree, Rachel! Here's to hoping!

james john said...

thanks

han yu said...

What was your voting experience like? Oh my goodness, I voted under the wire. Toby went to bed, Alex got home, and I literally ran to our polling site at 8:55pm. People on the streets were yelling, "You can make it!!!" Later, as we were following the election results on TV, we could see the Empire State Building from our window and watched as the blue line rose higher and higher.swtor gold
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