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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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Amanda said...

Before sore losers start going ape s--t, I'd like to say GO OBAMA and I'm glad you posted this. :)

Helen said...

So, so thrilled and RELIEVED!! Loved seeing the Empire State building turn blue :)

NYC Recessionista said...

In one word, I feel RELIEVED.

Maggie said...

Boogie on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd9xU8cw1JE

XO
MLP

http://beautifullysimmmple.blogspot.com/

Lilac In May said...

I'm a Brit and we're all thrilled; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLIJc7YE_jw&feature=youtu.be&a

emilie sarah said...

cried tears ... OF JOY.

tammy said...

I couldn't be happier!! I voted by mail for the first time this year and it was nice not having to worry about missing the deadline, but I sort of missed the actual feeling of going in to vote.
I agree, his speech was wonderful! I teared up during it.

Kelly said...

I am proud to have voted for President Obama twice now! It is a good day, and good to be a woman :)

Kelsi Johnson said...

I feel pretty damn good. And especially happy about marriage equality passing in more states.

Zoë said...

I'm a Canadian neighbour and I'm SO happy that you were able to get your vote in! Thank you!!

sadieanddasie said...

So damn relieved :)

Krysta said...

I think the election results are wonderful! Not only that we reelected President Obama, but we also elected some great women in the Senate and Congress (yahoo for Elizabeth Warren)! Also very proud that Maine, Maryland, Washington and Minnesota voted in favor of same sex marriage equality. Now here's to hoping that both parties can come together to get things accomplished over these next 4 years. At the end of the day, there are some important changes needed that require both sides to participate.

bonjour, i'm rebecca! said...

,,,i'm thrilled and my heart is full for the american people who spoke loudly with their vote! well done mr. president, well done. now, let's get to celebrating!,,,

Meagen said...

I'm a Canadian and am planning on following my partner down to New Orleans in the new year. Soooo happy to get the chance to live in the States with Obama as president.

Wendy said...

WOO HOO!!! That's how I feel! :) I was glued to that link you posted on FB last night while watching CNN at the same time. Total nail biter but excellent outcome!
Annndddd I got verklempt when the President was sending out props to the First Lady in the beginning of his speech.
Happy, happy happy!

DFig said...

Glad you made it. I'm in PA, but in my homestate I had friends wait online until 1:30AM!!! Can you guess the state? Florida.

SO happy Obama won. Actually more relieved than anything...especially my uterus :)

Hal said...

Very Proud Day! Proud to do my part to keep Virginia BLUE and proud of all the amazingly dedicated people who have worked to hard and tirelessly over the last few years to ensure that last night happened... to ensure equal opportunities for ALL Americans regardless of race, gender and sexual orientation. So Very Proud.

Christina said...

So happy in PA!

Christina said...

Love Elizabeth Warren!

holtkamp said...

YES!

openid said...

Four years ago, when Obama was announced winner, I ran to Union Square with my best friends and we danced and sang and chanted "USA" (which I've never done, because I think it's lame but we were SO PROUD). I was elated. Someone rolled out a gigantic American flag and we had a big dance party underneath it. I felt just as excited this time around though I had to have a private dance party. I am so happy that our country has rejected hateful, idiotic positions (and this goes to the amazing Reps that were elected as well!) and told the world who we really are!

FOUR MORE YEARS!

gia said...

Thrilled and moved. Didn't feel like standing in line, went anyway and so happy to be prt of it all.

Maggie said...

Yay!

Audrey said...

Obama's speech made me feel like running around and hugging as many people as I could. I'm so happy to have a president who believes in equality and the capability of the American people. Whoop!

macaca grava-por-cima said...

I heard is speech this morning and I just felt inspired. He transpires hope. He gives me the chills (in a very good way) everytime he speaks! Love it when he speaks about his wife! I guess is the man he is mostly because of the (strong and real) female figures in his life. I'm definetly an Obamam girl :-)

Jada Ach said...

Drone strikes and illegal wars make me sad, so I was not happy with either choice. I feel a little more comfortable with Obama, but being an antiwar American, that comfort comes with major hesitations.

sumslay said...

Relieved is the perfect word! I didn't dislike Mitt as much as I have previous nominees, but I live in Texas; it ain't easy being blue here. Thanks to all of you in other states for pulling us through!

Tia said...

Such a day of joy and relief!! Would love to have seen the Empire State building like that...i feel like cheering for a country and the decisions people made!

Emily said...

I'm disappointed... I was hoping for a change from these last four years. Glad you got your vote in though!

samantha hahn said...

Thrilled!

Anna Hamill said...

I feel the next four years will be the same as the last four. No real excitement here, nor disappointment really. Maybe the excitement doesn't travel transatlantically.

Claire said...

Incredible moment!!! And so proud to be a Washingtonian with gay marriage passed and marijuana legalized. Great day.

Abby said...

YAY! I was a first time voter, and was so excited to be able to be a part of this amazing win! I'm also from Wisconsin, where Tammy Baldwin became the first open gay in the senate. A victorious night!

Mariclare Cole said...

So, so, so happy and hopeful this morning. I love everybody hahahah

Justin + Liesl said...

I'm a little disappointed. My vote was for Romney but I am an American and will support our president and always have hope for a better future.

xoxo
Liesl

woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com

E said...

I know I am in the minority here, but I am pretty scared. The fate of our country could not be changed by either candidate, but I think we will now be facing a harsh reality much sooner. It concerns me when citizens vote based on social issues, when our economy is facing a deficit that can never be repaid and our currency is being devalued every day. If we struggle to provide our families with food, water and shelter, these other issues become pretty irrelevant. So yes, I am very scared at what we are all facing and what it will mean for our children.

Iris said...

I'm absolutely thrilled and feel invigorated! What a wonderful election night, and an exciting story for you to tell about your voting experience! Not only was the Presidential Election wonderful, but how awesome is it to have 10 more women elected to Senate! Who run the world? Girls! Those results plus the gains for marriage equality, and Prop 30 passed here in CA. I for one feel overwhelmed with hope and motivation to press forward!

4 more years!

Sarah said...

I'm with you Jada. Well said.

Lauren said...

SO EXCITING! I felt so proud to cast my vote yesterday!

Lisa said...

YAY!! Happy, Happy!

Michelle said...

I feel afraid that the next 4 years will be the same as the last, or worse! But I highly commend you for fighting to make it to the polls and exercising your right to vote!

lyndafitz said...

I am with Emily- not happy with the outcome but will hope for the best.

Sarah said...

I'm disappointed in the presidential outcome but thrilled with some of the other outcomes. I am SO tired of people assuming that just because my candidate lost I must be a "sore loser" and gloating winners are just as bad as sore losers.

KJ Blogs said...

I'm sad about it. We need to fix our economy and I feel like the election last night was about social issues and popularity.

juliakleiner said...

well done, usa! i spent last night in a cinema in germany at an election party, watching the tv coverage on big screen with hundreds of other germans and expats. :)

N said...

Thrilled! And love that you're not afraid to share your happiness!

Lindsay said...

My heart is happy.

Lauren Ashley said...

So exciting - I'm really happy to be an American in this moment!

Briar Rose said...

Horrible outcome! I cannot believe that over half of America was dumb enough to believe him again! 4 more years, hopefully our nation survives.

Welcome! said...

So thrilled about the election! So happy for Obama and for our country and SO proud of Cup of Jo for posting this!!

Rachel @ Existation said...

Hooray hooray hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sososososo happy!

Meg said...

And the rest of the world breathes a sigh of relief...

Congratulations, another 4 more Obama years are probably the best thing that could happen to the US and for the rest of us!

June Lemon said...

Hi Joanna!

I don't know if you speak a bit of Spanish, but my blog's post today is about you and how inspiring and sensitive and wonderful you are. I really admire you and read your blog every single day. Congrats and keep doing what you do!! Cheering us all up with your sweet stories. We love you!! xoxox :)

Here's my post if you'd like to see :) http://junelemon.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/a-cup-of-jo.html

mary @ BGjournals said...

incredible speech, exciting night, and so excited to have truly taken part in the electoral process this year :)

Sarah MH said...

As saddened and disappointed as I am with Obama's foreign policy (specifically and especially drone strikes), I'm still very excited and hopeful about his win, particularly because of the potential for him to appoint Supreme Court justices - something that wasn't talked about much during the campaign season or debates. I'm very thrilled with a lot of other progressive wins last night, like marijuana legalization in Colorado, the election of the first openly gay Senator, and the passing of marriage equality in a couple of states. I understand that the economy is more important to many people than social issues, but these social issues directly affect me, my friends, family members, and coworkers. I also believe that social issues are economic issues.

And on a non-political note, I absolutely adore the first family; Michelle is the best.

avant garde design said...

one word: YES!

slip4 said...

I am so glad you got to vote as it is a true privilege. Not happy with the results and like E, I am scared. The President is so clearly adverse to cutting spending (except for the military) and his only plan seems to be to tax the rich. I guess we will have to wait and see.

valerie said...

I feel similarly. While I voted for him, it wasn't with the enthusiasm I did last time around. That said, his win does inspire hope in me for our country and its people. I understand that there's more to the presidency than we can really understand as civilians and that he obviously cannot be the perfect candidate for those of us who wish to see an end to war period. Sadly, we're just not there yet. I do believe he is a step in the right (left? :) ) direction and I'm glad to see that a candidate who respects the rights of all our country's citizens elected. Crazy that in 2012, that was an actual concern.

lauren said...

SO happy.

Johanna said...

I'm so STOKED! Also overjoyed that there are more women elected to the senate, America FIRED all of the rape apologists, there is marriage equality in 3 more states, and marijuana is legal in 3 states! Yes, yes, yes!

AmandaDemsey said...

Canada is very, very happy with your decision!

abby said...

Joanna, I have to say that I love that you're willing to put your political views out there and not worry about what readers may say or think. That is very brave.
I was torn this election, not between Obama and Romney, but for voting 3rd party. I really believe that if we want to have true democracy, we need more choices than the same old 2 parties we've had. I am glad that Obama won this election, but I hope for some kind of revolution in the American election process.

sumslay said...

Cheers to you, Sarah! I don't understand how people get so hostile; I had friends that voted for Mitt, and I didn't try to "change their mind" or anything. To each their own! I agree with your statement about sore losers and gloaters are equally bad, but I'll admit I did gloat, but it was directly aimed at those that had shamed me for my vote 24 hours earlier. So, in the words of a veeery mature 5 year-old, they started it! ;)

mpainter said...

YES WE DID!!!

leilani.e said...

I'm relieved and I'm Canadian!! We're celebrating tonight in Halifax!

Rachel said...

I am disappointed in the outcome of the presidential election, but happy with some of the other results (especially in my local elections). I am hopeful that things will get better and will be praying for Obama and wish him success.

I beleive this also does not make me a "sore loser". I think it's pretty clear that the country is heavily divided, and we should not be adding fuel to the fire with comments like the first one. The election is over, the results are in (well, not in my state yet!), so let's start to work together and get this economy back in check.

TG said...

I am so happy and cannot look at the images of election night without tearing up. So relieved and thankful!!!

Megan Mayer-Rothbarth said...

SO happy. So many smiling faces last night and today!!

America made so many good choices last night! YAYYYYYYY

sumslay said...

I agree with everything in your statement, Abby!

Phil et Noémie said...

I feel like saying thank you on behalf of your Canadian neighbors ;)

joana said...

i'm portuguese and am extremely happy and relieved obama won. there is still hope! :)

rebekah said...

I am disappointed. As small business owners, my husband and I are strangled by taxes and were hoping to see relief. Also, as an adoptive mom, I am passionate about life and education for women in crisis. I also agree with Jada that many of us are war-weary and ready to see an end to attacks and strikes in the middle east. (this is all not to say I was excited by Romney...I was not). But I respect my president and pray for wise decision making and movement toward a more united country.

Adrienne said...

I agree E. Wish I could have the same enthusiasm as these other commenters. I voted for the man that I believed could turn around our economy, something that effects all of us.

Kipin Alexander said...

I feel the same Anna! I was so wishy washy, and then this morning I just kind of felt an "Oh. Ok." and moved on.

Jody said...

So happy and hopeful. I disagree that this was an election based on social issues. I did not and could not trust the fiscal welfare of our country to Romney.

Other races--more women, an openly gay senator, more states passing marriage equality--are just as important to me. It demonstrates that although deeply divided we are striving toward liberty and justice for all.

Liron said...

I'm happy even though I don't agree with everything Obama does/says (mainly foreign policy) but I am very disappointed in the sore losers. I don't get what people are upset about...this is a democracy...that's how it works...

Marie Matter said...

thankful to live in a country where we are given a voice!

Jessica said...

Thrilled. The United States of America will be strongest when when all people—regardless of race, sexuality, or gender—have equal rights, giving us all have the power to make our nation healthy, and prosperous. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and President Obama is the best person to be leading.

erin said...

tra la la! so happy.

asiajane said...

HAPPY :)

Alex said...

I was nervous there at the beginning, but may have cried some dorky tears of relief when he was re-elected!

Molly said...

I really don't feel that Obama has been an amazing president, so his re-election left me a little uninspired. I don't think Romney was a clear standout either, but only an amazing president should be re-elected. Our country is overcome with debt. I hope Obama can help us get out. I obviously wish him and our country well for the next 4 years!

Em said...

I'm disappointed in the presidential outcome but very excited about the outcome of the governor race in my state. I have to second (or third, or fourth...) the sentiment above. It really makes me sad that the very first comment is someone rudely assuming that just because my candidate lost I must be a "sore loser."

evdv said...

Sad and worried for our kids, parents and our future. My dad is a small business owner and Obama policies have hurt his business over the past four years. I'm worried what another four years will do- and also the debt my children will be born into.

I'm glad everyone is so inspired- I hope it amounts to reduced debt and true freedom to live as you'd choose.

Merrilyn said...

I am quite disappointed in the results, not because I was any huge fan of Romney (didn't vote for him in the primaries, and wasn't thrilled that he was the Republican nominee), but because the harsh realities of the economy and Obamacare are affecting me and my family personally. My hope was that some fresh perspective, even Romney's, would have proven helpful, because I don't think we are headed in a positive direction in those two areas. And I am seriously about to unfriend some people on both sides of the aisle on FB because of the gloating/sore loser attitudes. The world did not begin or end with Election Day, and the sun will set today and rise tomorrow. Life carries on, despite our opinions and proclamations of nirvana or doom and gloom. I think a dose of perspective is in order for both sides.

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

I am just so thrilled! People in my neighborhood were lighting off fireworks last night (must have been saving those for a while) and celebrating up and down the street such a great night!

Kristin E Bazan said...

this is amazing! love you, canada!

Morning Milk said...

I am proud of the great citizens of the U.S. who rejected the lies and distortions of the Romney campaign. No ones hands are clean here but Romney did not take the dignified path. I'm extremely fortunate -part of the 1 percent - and I look forward to paying higher taxes so my two daughters can live in a country that makes them proud. Yes, some of us chose to vote against our personal interests for the betterment of our country!

Anna Louisa said...

Very disappointed. Thinking that we can continue in the current trajectory of spending is delusional and irresponsible. Hopefully next time people will vote for solutions, instead of charisma.

www.anna-bird.com

kristen hansen said...

i agree, and thank you for saying it!

Maria said...

So happy! I loove Obama and his speech was brilliant! The rest of the world prefers Obama http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20008687
And as a Spanish student, so do I!

plauschinat said...

Thrilled! On a personal level, Obamacare means so much to families with children fighting cancer. I applaud the president for fighting for the health of all Americans.

Betsy said...

I'm disappointed that most of the people I meet vote once every 2-4 years and act like they have completed their service to their country. Volunteerism is what is needed to turn this country in the right direction, regardless of who has been elected to public office.

And I am incredibly disappointed in the legalization of marijuana anywhere. Maybe because I volunteer with kids who are hungry and neglected because the people who gave birth to them are too busy using, buying, or selling drugs. For all of those who would like to use it as recreation, please tour a public housing site to see another side.

wendy laurel said...

I had faith. But I do feel relieved. My husband who is in the other camp was so disappointed he stayed at work late at night as to avoid any possible joy on my face. Glad its over for sure.

Maria said...

Oh, and I'm happy that you express your political preferences, many of the design / lifestyle blogs I read don't even mention the elections!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I went to bed and the electoral votes were tied between Obama and Romney and I awoke this morning to the wonderful news that the Obamas would not be moving out of the White House in January. I mean, moving is such a pain in the a**. You know, all those cardboard boxes and then after you move you can't remember if you packed it or left it in that one kitchen cabinet you forgot to check twice, and I just hate it when I have to then go out and buy a new waffle machine. Oh, and then there's the attic you have to double check. Just glad Michelle does NOT have to go through that. LOL

YAY OBAMA!

Unfraeulein said...

Germany is happy about Obamas Reelection! I cannot imagine somebody like Romney as one of the world´s top leaders. I personally think that Obama did a great job. You can´t blame one president for what has gone wrong in decades. He still has a lot to repair. Good luck on your journey, America.

Suse said...

Good for you - very courageous to speak your political mind to such a large audience.

Unknown said...

Am I the only one here who feels like they just got kicked in the gut? My heart hearts.

Jess said...

I love the image of people cheering you on as you ran to vote. How cool is that! (It would never happen in Canada!)

Eden said...

I agree that Obama is really great at SPEAKING. I only hope he can live up to what he says this term and get the deficit under control and improve the economy and medical system in this country. As a woman voter I am not so concerned about my right to have contraceptives or an abortion. I am 30 and want to start HAVING kids. Both my husband and I work hard and go to school and can't get insurance with maternity coverage, but so many people I know are on government assistance and can afford to have kids. I am an independent voter and it is SO frustrating that in this free country my husband and I can't afford to do something that our bodies should be able to do naturally. I wish Obama the best of luck and hope that universal health care really does improve the system!

Joanna said...

Canadians are thrilled for the US today! Go Obama!

Km12 said...

I actually gasped and cheered outloud in my apartment... in Canada. Glad you made it to vote, if I could have, I would have voted obama and so would have 70% of the other canadians in my city who were polled by a local news station. The rest of the world breathed a sigh of relief last night.

sev2108 said...

Glad that at least one of the bloggers I follow isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes. Too many are afraid of alienating their readers...well it's almost having the opposite effect on me! Thanks!

f5e99b4c-28f4-11e2-b5c6-000f20980440 said...

I am completely THRILLED that Obama won. That having been said, I've read this comments with interest and have been impressed with how the majority of the Romney supporters who have posted here have calmly stated their points of view on the issues and then pledged their support to the president.

I really hope that President Obama will be able to quell some of the fears of the 48% of the country that didn't vote for him, and prove that we don't have to be a nation so divided.

robyn devine said...

we taught our 14-month old son Owen to say "OBAMA!" he's been saying it for weeks, and this morning (he slept through the results) we were marching around chanting it!

Sara Wetmore said...

As a Canadian, I couldn't be happier! We have a conservative government up here, but we've also had same-sex marriage for a while, and it's nice to see that our neighbors are getting that chance more and more too. Yay Obama!

sk said...

I'm so relieved!! Of course Obama hasn't done EVERYTHING that I would like him to (Force companies to label GMO's, better environmental protection, more done for climate change, etc) but he is a helluva lot better than the nightmare Mitt Romney would have been. SO RELIEVED.

Abbey Rodriguez said...

I am saddened by the outcome. I was hoping for a change, but I fully support Obama, as he is our president. Hopefully now that he is a lame duck president he will be more open to flexibility and negotiations with the House on economic policies, etc. I could go on, but I don't want to bore anyone :) Happy for the people that are happy he won!

Christa said...

I agree Merrilyn. People need to get off the "my team" versus "your team" attitude and take a hard look at the direction our country is headed in. This is not about partisan ideals. This was about the right person for the job and the greater part of my disappointment is that I didn’t feel either of the candidates were that person for the job...and that opinion comes from a very pragmatic, objective review, NOT of the rhetoric – but based on the hard facts about each candidate. I think it’s easy to get caught up in the “winning”. Its primal. But I have yet to hear anyone echo the hard truths about our current reality. Based on the current trajectory we are in for a long hard four years. I get that psyche of America…but we need to mature a bit.

Rachel said...

Tears came to my eyes as I read this post. I'm a female student who was frightened for my future, and I am so relieved that our President will have four more years to create change. At the same time, he is only ONE MAN, and our government was created with a system of checks and balances in mind. The President is often used as both a scapegoat and a champion. The state of the economy, national debt, and social equality are not determined by one person, even if he is the President.

I am often frustrated by the state of politics in the United States, particularly with the hatred and ignorance that persists in political discussion. Overall, I believe that promoting social justice and trying to create a more equitable society will help create the economic growth that this country so desperately craves. Political stability and the growth of a middle class have promoted economic growth throughout history.

I urge everyone to seek out sources of information OTHER than popular media, and to form political opinions based on what kind of society you want to see for the future, not based on party affiliations.

sacredmonkeysofthevatican said...

I am pro-life, anti-abortion and it makes me so sick that this man is back in office. 3,300 babies are killed everyday during abortions. And he doesn't care a wink. 3,300! More children have been killed in abortions than in all the Nazi concentration camps combined.

JESSE said...

SHUT IT DOWN.

Sara said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Thank you for this. :)

JESSE said...

& if you're so against the "horrors" of abortion, just don't have one!

KJ Blogs said...

Well said.

Jenny said...

Well said Molly.

JMFaus said...

I hadn't seen that picture until today (I know, I must live under a rock)! Thank you for sharing -- really touches the heart. <3

Tawny said...

I'm thrilled you made it under the wire to vote. Proud of everyone who voted. I'm also thrilled (and relieved) that Obama can continue to help our country. Anyone who thought a four year presidential term would "fix" our country is naive. Our country needs to work together to get everything back on the right track; it's not a one person job.

Sara said...

Abortion has been legal since 1973 and no Republican President has overturned Roe vs. Wade so far. So...

Sara said...

So cool about the Empire State building!

bisbee said...

I went to bed last night apprehensive (around 10:30). This morning at 4:15 I turned on the radio...and was overcome with joy and relief! I'm in Maryland, and we also passed Marriage Rights - I am SO relieved!

Kathryn and Ryan said...

I think it's a sad but am going to see this as an oppurtunity to grow stronger in what matters most. I think the need for God in our country is stonger than before. My Faith flag is going to fly higher and I pray that our country will put their energy into God who gave us the gift of life.

Jenny said...

Totally agree! I am not a huge fan of Obama, I voted for him in both elections, but I am disappointed with him for many reasons, including some attacks on civil liberties that are quite scary. But yes, I believe that social issues are very important and set a tone for the overall attitude of our country. We should be united and supportive of equality in this country-equal rights, equal pay, equal opportunities, etc., that is true progress.

It's nice to see not too many "sore losers" on this comment thread, but I'd like for people that think that we vote for Obama purely for social issue to understand that that's not fully true. I truly believe that Obama has better ideas for the economy. My significant other is a Ph.D. Economist and he agrees. No matter what, he is our president and we should all support him through the next four years.

Towely said...

Except for the one commenter who used the D word (dumb), everyone was incredibly civil though they had differing opinions on the election results. Impressive.

Clarissa Endo said...

So happy! And I'm brazillian! But around here, we were talking about it, as excited as if it was ours. And in a certain way, it is. When I couldn't wait any longer to go sleep, Romney was leading and everyone I know on facebook was desperate and keeping up with all the news flash, fingers crossed. The news here were all about it and broadcasting it live. And when you realize how many support from all different cultural, racial and social groups he got, it's easy to understand why we, brazillians, a multic-cultural nation, couldn't be happier to see Obama re-elected. FORWARD!!!

Eliot Davenport said...

Obama has been pushing the death of America for the last 4 years and we just handed him another 4 years to make sure he causes irreparable damage to our nation. He is not proud to be an American and will do his best to make sure that the USA is no longer the greatest country on Earth. Everyone should be terrified.

Olga said...

I am relieved and I am Spanish !!! :-) I followed on the radio during the night.

Rachel Holt said...

The entire world is relieved!

jodi said...

I feel like eating a cupcake for breakfast : )

Also feeling especially proud of my home state of Washington right now!

amy said...

He is charismatic. I hope he means what he said in his acceptance speech, and will stop pandering to those who have the opportunity to work, and choose not to. I believe people are created equal in every way, but each choice we make determines our destiny-as a nation and as individuals. I hope that the senate, congress and the president can work together and make change actually happen.

Jael said...

When I woke up and saw the results, I literally almost threw up. I feel so sick about it.

Jenny Williams said...

I've been doing a victory dance since last night, I'm so relieved!!

Bergen said...

Win or lose, I love your blog but its a place that I come to get AWAY from politics. Hoping that you'll stick to other topics in the future. :)

Picture perfect day said...

haha I am in the Netherlands and am relieved too so yes :)

Amanda said...

What an incredible shot of the empire state building! Love it!

Lynn said...

Thank you, I was trying to think of how to say what I feel, and you did it much better than I could :)

Paige said...

Not the outcome I wanted, BUT I am not going to be a sore loser and be negative about it. Good things are to come, I can feel it!

Lindsay Rinehart said...

I am SO SO happy and relieved!

My brother was diagnosed with cancer a week after quitting his job and a month before going back to school. He was denied coverage due to his preexisting condition. The Affordable Care act allowed him to remain on our parent's plan and receive the treatment that he needed to survive.

I know that there are hundreds and thousands of stories out there just like his, and I know that this win means more lives will be saved. I am so happy to live in a country where saving LIVES is valued over saving MONEY. Thank God.

Stephanie said...

The campaign was long, costly, spirited and, more often than not, couched in negative terms. The result is that voters have asked the SAME group of people to solve the SAME set of problems whose solutions have so far proven elusive. Stick to talking about 10 ways to wear a ponytail, or cute games to play with your kid - you don't have the knowledge or expertise to speak with any authority (even simply celebratory musings) about politics or policy.

Eden said...

Agreed! I was appalled during the primaries when candidates were calling each other "moderate" as an insult! Since when did the word moderate become negative? I am an independent voter and I think politics have become too extreme. To win the nomination candidates have to argue about who is a more extreme liberal/conservative. To me this is not healthy politics. Moderate party, anyone?

ks said...

Wouls add Europe to that list :)

Lindsay Rinehart said...

I disagree! I think it's important to acknowledge real-life sometimes. There are big things going on in the world, and I think it would be a shame to ignore that!

Allie said...

I feel exactly the same! America is evolving! And I'm so proud to be part of it.

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Shelley said...

Agreed.

sierra said...

Stephanie, what greater right do you have to post condescending comments about the election? The entire point of living in a democracy is so that everyone can take part in deciding who runs the country. Enthusiastic or not, we are all entitled (and should be encouraged) to express an opinion. And if you have such a problem with posts about ponytails and kids' games, don't read this blog.

Rachel said...

President Obama became a charismatic, pop culture icon. I have a feeling that a significant amount of younger voters (my peers!) voted for him because of he is "cool". Argh!

Lindsay Rinehart said...

That's the rudest, most inappropriate comment I've ever seen on Cup of Jo. Let's remember that Joanna and her family are real people who live real lives and have real, valid opinions. You have no place to call into question their intelligence or information.

Human beings are complicated. We are capable of having informed opinions on both ponytails AND politics.

madcow77 said...

Thrilled by the result. I couldn't imagine a Romney presidency - supporting the wealthy and privileged at the expense of all.

I'm confused still by people who thing Obama is some economic nightmare. He inherited a lot of the mess and has taken significant steps to improve the US Economy. I see how the austerity programs have been hugely ineffective and are negatively impacting people in Europe - specifically Greece and Italy (have you read about the uptick in suicides?). I think that the (FDR-based) focus on public works projects and investment in new energy technologies was the right path for America and given time will improve the strength of the country.

midwest transplant said...

Social issues ARE economic issues. Being able to get health insurance will help families that face bankruptcy due to medical bills. Equal pay for women and money for education helps the next generation grow to their potential. No child should be punished for being born into a low income family.

Allie said...

I think it can be such a hard line to draw as well, between gloating and just being so happy and wanting to express it and share it. I was so happy and relieved when they called it, and immediately posted and then deleted a facebook update because even though to me, it felt like expressing cheers, I noticed people really feeling annoyed by it and responding badly. Such a thrilling night though!

danielle_b said...

I am so RELIEVED I almost cried, and I definitely had goosebumps all night long (still do). As a woman and a student, I know Obama has my best interests in mind. He cares about the issues that actually matter and I can't wait to see the positive changes that come in the next four years.

Meredith said...

Congrats! New Orleans is awesome :)

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Amen, Lindsay!

anniematic said...

Agreed! So brave of you, Joanna, to post your beliefs publicly and address this important moment here. I'm a proud Ohio voter and could not have been happier to see our state swing Democrat! Gobama :)

danielle_b said...

Well said, Lindsay.

Havilah Luxuries said...

Yes we sure can!!! i was so anxious i couldn't stay up to watch the results. Imagine my joy this morning!!! Lovely pictures... thanks for sharing :)

Sarah said...

I am with you Eliot. Our founding fathers would be so disappointed. What has happened to America?

Julie Carter said...

I agree with you to E! Thank you for saying this!!! It's just so hard for me to believe that if he didn't do it in the first 4 years... what makes you think he's going to do it in the next? I've been praying so so so hard for God to prevail in this election... even though im devastated i still think he did bc regardless its about him not us. Just praying praying praying for our country. We need all the help we can get!

danielle_b said...

I think you have that backwards... Bush definitely made sure the USA was no longer the greatest country, and he had his hand at that for 8 years. Obama was dealt that mess and it takes far more time to bring people forward than backward, especially when congress and the houses are against you.

Petya K. Grady said...

give us some credit, ok. dude is charismatic but not THAT charismatic. nobody gets elected on CHARISMA.

K said...

I am so thankful to Obama for what he has done over the last four years. He has taken the economic recovery on a slow but steady road, and I think he has made very wise decisions.

Now that he has 4 more years to "finish what we started", I hope he will be a little more aggressive. I hope this includes more action on global warming, which is my largest concern.

For those of you that feel strong disappointment and fear this morning, I understand. I felt the same way the two times Bush was elected -- that I had no voice, that my values weren't being heard, and that things were going to go all wrong. While I do think many bad decisions were made by him, I ultimately learned that it's up to me to create the community I want to live in. You do have a voice, and other ways to use it, so please take strength from that.

We're all in this together!

Stephanie said...

Sierra - I guess I went over your head here. I have no problem with kids and ponytails, I do have a problem with celebrating the status quo. And no, I don't enjoy reading the political opinions of those whose views are predicated upon a barely elementary understanding of the issues. And it is in poor taste to celebrate a the reelection of the same people who have governed us through these horrible last four years. Labor participation rates are at all time lows, the deficit at all time highs, and have you checked the Dow today? I'd be happy to discuss any topic you'd like in detail, on or offline. Yes, we are entitled to our own opinion - myself included, dear. But apparently you also have a problem with that. Ahem, "what right do you have to..." Realizing you're a hypocrite is a bitch, isn't it?

Meredith said...

I live in DC and waited in line an hour and a half yesterday morning to vote. In the District, where our vote doesn't count for a whole lot, people were still willing to trek out to the polls and line up in the cold. I can't fathom not voting, but it still moves me to see people from so many different walks of life coming together to do so (regardless of who they vote for). I DO wish we had some say in Congress, though--the 650,000 people of DC definitely deserve a voice.

I went to a viewing party on U St last night, but I honestly thought it looked like it was not going to be called last night! I was getting sleepy and hopped in a cab, and during the brief ride home they announced Kaine's win in Virginia (yay!) right as we came in view of the Capitol. I managed to stay up late enough to know it had been called in Obama's favor but couldn't make it for the speeches!

Very happy and truly believe that we are moving forward from a dark time. I hope both parties will work together more in the coming four years to make that happen.

Tia said...

Completely agree!!! I am for the social issues that Obama supports but cannot vote bc of that! This country has a huge deficit and the highest unemployment rate ever! I am terrified of the taxes and the fact that my husband is a small business owner and what this means for him. I wish people would be smarter and vote for what is right for the economy and not for the social issues. I just pray that the next 4 years are better and he will make change for the better and not the worse.

Court said...

I'm disheartened by the election results, but I'm so thankful that we live in a country where we have the privilege of electing our officials. I'm disheartened because the Affordable Care Act has caused only pain and anguish to my students and their parents. I teach Special Education and my students require a great deal of care and therapy--therapies that FSAs can no longer provide for due to the cap set by the ACA. Last night my husband and I prayed for the President and his family, but my thoughts were with my students.

K said...

Yikes, that's a pretty sexist comment. Insinuating that because someone enjoys sharing about ponytails and their kids that they can't have knowledge about politics or policy? Joanna is obviously a pretty smart lady. And even if she wasn't, I think we've all learned that you don't have to be smart to opine about politics!

Rachel said...

I agree, I'm a Romney supporter, and I've been impressed with the responses on here. Well done, fellow Romney supporters!

I also hope that President Obama brings the country together. I won't lie...I am quite worried about that, though. He made a lot of significant promises to this effect in his speech, but his track record in bi-partisanship is not very good. Oh, well, here's hoping!

Liz said...

I'm so so so excited! I was watching with friends and we were all really nervous. I have to say, the Electoral College, whatever your opinion on it, sure does keep things interesting!!

Estelle said...

I'm French and I'm more than relieved !! GO OBAMA !!

Erin and Cliff said...

Totally agree with this. I love the way you state it. Thank you Kathryn for the encouragement.

Margaret said...

Joanna,

Thank you for posting this. I am so happy to see Obama continuing to lead our country! I am also so glad that you took the time to share your political opinions with your readers. I know it is not an easy thing to do and the responses are not easy to read. I'm glad you made it in time to vote last night!

Thanks for sharing!

Lizzy said...

Sooooo happy! My walk has a little skip today....lalalalala.

KJ Blogs said...

I agree with you Eliot. I don't believe Obama cares about the strength the America and is pandering to the masses. We'll be lucky if we get out of this without a Hugo Chavez on our hands. If Americans can't work, we can't thrive. Who is going to pay for these massive deficits? We are going to be in debt to the Chinese, they are going to OWN our country.

Liz said...

Looks like America doesn't mind being un or under employed. I think we made a huge huge mistake. :(

Erianne Leatherman said...

Pleased with the election results and especially proud of the voters in my state (Washington) for passing Ref. 74 for marriage equality!

Rachel said...

You're right, perhaps charismatic is not the right word. But he is a good speaker, just as other commenters have said. His speeches inspire, and that is wonderful. But I don't think finding a candidate inspirational and cool is a good reason to vote for someone. I'm not saying that everyone voted for him because of this -- that's simply untrue, and a lot of educated voters support his policies. But some of my generation seems to be attracted to the "idea" of a candidate, rather than what they want to accomplish. I don't want to offend any voters on here -- I believe that most people who read this blog do their homework when voting. Even though I wanted the other guy, I love you for voting, and voting thoughtfully!

Lizzy said...

Listen Stephanie.....sounds like you are having a bad day.
I'm sorry your candidate didn't win, but you have no right judging Joanna. Please keep your negative comments to yourself and next time you decide to assume someone isn't educated on politics, think about how ignorant you sound because you don't know her personally. This is her blog and if you don't like it, don't read it!

by Esther Vidal said...

I think if majority of american people have given their votes to Obama, freely, that´s good, because four years into a complicated crisis are not enough for finishing a project. People return to trust on Obama, and that thing makes the country become stronger!!

Alana Bell said...

While Stephanies opinion may not be the popular one - I too agree with the overall sentiment of her response. Besides, wasn't the question asked of her at the end of the post? You cant open up responses to readers and only want the ones that tell you how absolutely enthused and excited people are. Some people are upset, and understandably so. I have actually been quite upset about the Weekend posting with a link that Joanna put up (and subsequently quietly) removed comparing the candidates. It was a piece of propaganda that actually did not even have a basis in the law. (No people, the President cannot repeal Roe v. Wade). If you ask political questions and make statements, you are going to get answers. Period.

joana said...

no baby is «killed» in an abortion, provided it's done in time. it amazes me that there are still people who think this way...

mrscott90 said...

Since our country was established by disenfranchised people wanting to live life freely, all of your responses that the economy is more important than civil liberties of your neighbors, friends, and family members is incredibly disappointing. I am a Democrat by force, because both parties have moved so far to the right I can no longer call myself an Independent.

I hope this makes the Republican party regroup, stop making horrific statements about women's bodies and the violent crimes that we are too often subject to, and actually start focusing on the economy. If and when that happens, I would happily vote for a Republican. Until then, I am proud to be true blue Obama supporter.

Manda said...

Honestly?

I cried myself to sleep.

But, woke up feeling Peace that God is in control- not Obama.
Eat Cake

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

‎"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Junny said...

YESYESYES. SO happy gay marriage is passing! And so proud to be from Washington :)

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

It is naive to think that making abortions illegal will stop them from happening. I come from a country where they are illegal and they happen all the time - the difference is they are not done in a safe, clean environment, and there are many complications because of this. It's like saying people stopped drinking during Prohibition - they didn't.

joana said...

Well, the comment was slightly off-topic, wasn't it? Joanna asked for opinions about the elections, not for opinions on whether she was «qualified» or not to talk about them.

kyracross said...

oh so happy!

mrscott90 said...

The other side of the coin is that my husband and I are now ELIGIBLE for health care. We were unable to get health care because of pre existing conditions. I'm curious how other people having access to doctors could affect you negatively.

Gabriela said...

I cried last night, too, and not tears of happiness. I am grateful to be living in a democracy, and the people have spoken. I respect our president, but I think his ideas are anathema to what America represents. Onward.

Amanda aka MamaRobot said...

I feel immense relief, but also wishing for campaign finance reform. Imagine how much would change! Imagine what all that money could do.

Erin said...

I'm pumped! I'm a huge Obama supporter! As a woman, it feels amazing to know that I voted for a candidate that respects my body and wants me to make my own decisions. The USA is changing and I'm definitely ok with that :)

Sammi said...

I'm British, and I stayed up for all but 3 hrs last night watching the election results come in. I am utterly thrilled for you guys that President Obama has been re-elected, there really was no contest, was there? I do understand a lot of the issues people have with some of the policies in the Obama administration, but for me a human's rights come first above and beyond tax or any of the other issues. If one person is being penalised for being disabled, or gay, or black, or latino then a nation isn't going to get anywhere. Of course, if the senate (i think, i get confused) wasn't so split half what Obama wanted to do this first four years would have happened already and he wouldn't be failing so much as he has done. They need to work together, not try and pull apart, after all its not President Obama they're damaging- clearly, as he's just been re-elected- it's their country.

Lindsay Rinehart said...

Let's be honest. If 4 years in college isn't enough for most people to learn the difference between "your" and "you're," it's definitely not enough to rebuild an entire economy. Glad we're giving it the time it needs.

Leah said...

What you're being right now is a bully. It's at times like these we need to stand together as a country. While we appreciate your opinion and ideas, please be kind to your fellow human beings.

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Beth Eliot said...

I work in politics in DC and I have to say that a comment like yours is unnecessarily rude. What makes you more qualified to participate in a political discourse than any other American citizen? Are you glued to Fox news and a loyal reader of the Post? Oh, I'm sorry. You probably think the Washington Post is a bastion of liberalism? The point of living in a country where anyone can vote and there is free speech is that anyone can express their opinion. Joanna is perfectly entitled to care who wins and to express her political beliefs. So is your six year old son. Also, you have no way of knowing how involved Joanna is in politics. You only know what she writes about on a blog devoted to motherhood and other fun and feminine things.

I think your time would be better spent watching Nancy Grace than reading this because you obviously have no appreciation for it or respect for the author. I think you owe Joanna and the rest of the readers an apology. You're a bad sport and you're ruining an otherwise pleasant experience.

tamara said...

Ugh I'm a Floridian, but voted by mail. The sketchy voting situations in FLA are sooo embarrassing.

LuckyRainbowDesigns said...

I'm Irish in Ireland and we love Obama over here!!! Did you know he's like one eighth Irish? He visited Ireland early last year to meet his 8th distance cousin and visited a wee tiny town in middle Ireland and the country just stopped! He gave an amazing speech in Dublin and he is so inspiring, I would love to meet him! I do think though that America NEEDS a Healthcare system similar to the NHS in the UK, or where in Ireland, its not reliant on having health insurance in order to get treated. The stories I've read of people losing everything because they didnt have insurance is just crazy, everyone has the right to basic healthcare.

Also, your employment laws in America - the fact that you can just get fired, no verbal or written warning...just fired, job gone...That certainly needs to be looked at!!!

GO OBAMA! :)

Lizzie Polish said...

Yeah, it was a COSTLY campaign but much more so for the Republicans and . . . oh, what? You still didn't win. By the way, you're voicing your opinions about your affection of a candidate who hates women on a blog that is favored by women. That might have something to do with why you're kind of outnumbered.

:)

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