Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sasha Obama!

I thought I had failed my day of seeking joy.  I just didn't take the time during the day. And by the time I got to leave Manhattan the trains were a mess again.  But I made it to Brooklyn and into Ester, Ben, and Lara's living room with Logan, Abigail, Ilana, and eventually Kyle, and they had snacks and a TV and three computers and special access to some special toolkit thing that let us see results broken down in incredible detail. I was supposed to go to a big party, but I heard that it was going to be incredibly crowded, and I realized I wanted to be with closer friends in a smaller configuration. 

And although the evening was tense, and although I knew before I knew the results of the elections that no matter who won, we still need to fight for the kind of democracy we believe in (Obama has deported more immigrants than even our past Republican presidents did)—and even though it was technically not still November 6 so it doesn't really count toward that day of joy seeking, I wept with joy when the newly re-elected President and his family took the stage.

And also, speaking in recognition of the emotional intelligence of youngest children, I would like to say it brought me incredible joy to see Sasha Obama remind her father to wave "behind you" when they first came out on stage, because he was only waving to the front and the sides, and for the President to respect—and do—what she said. 

There's so much more to say, but as you might imagine, I'm pretty tired and late for work this morning, so let's leave it here. With deep thanks to people who worked so hard for marriage equality, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Barack Obama, death with dignity, Obamacare, affirmative action, and everything else you worked hard for. Thank you for people who helped people get to the polling stations to exercise their right to vote. Thank you for participating in democracy.

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