Proud To Be A Chicago-American!

I feel compelled to write a few words about this historical evening. I have feelings of “Did this really happen?” and “Pinch me…really, did it happen?” I am so excited about the possibilities for our country that I am jumping out of my skin. The fact that my favorite city plays a huge part not only as the “adopted city” of Barack Obama but also the stage on which he gave the speech last night when it was all over obviously warms my heart and makes me feel even more proud.

I have to say that whatever people feel about his “readiness” to be the President of the United States, well, everyone has the right to their own opinion (America, remember?). I don’t think that anybody can truly be “ready” unless they’ve done the job before. He will learn the ins and outs in on-the-job training just like his opponent would have. Everyone who believes in him and what he can bring to our country put fear aside and took a leap of faith to get him elected, and I don’t think the result will be disappointing in the least.

Regarding the other exciting part of his election to the office, I am so happy that a majority of our country has become colorblind. I am happy that my kids are witnessing history–although they don’t really realize the depth of it, because their generation is, for the most part, already colorblind.

It’s an exciting time. I’m proud to be an American.



  • Sarah Clapp

    I didn’t vote for him, but will be behind our new president, and pulling for him to really succeed.

  • Mom24

    I still have chills. I just sat there last night and bawled, which I never expected. I feel like there is so much promise for the future. I am so optimistic about the world my children will be growing up in for the first time in a long time.

  • Mags

    I too am extremely proud. It’s a great day in our history. Beyond that, it’s a great day for America because Obama is a good man with good intentions and has a way of inspiring our people.

    I don’t think we’ve been inspired like this in a long time. That, to me, is historic.

    Funny-my verification word is “ginwar”.

  • Kat

    I am exited for all Americans and the rest of the world.

    What I always wondered is who shows you the rope and do the White House staff laugh at you (even tho u r the President)when you can’t find your own loo or you don’t know the house rules yet LOL

  • Michelle

    I wonder though… is it truly colorblind when people are voting for someone BECAUSE of their color? I know several people who voted for him because they wanted to vote for a black man. To me, that isn’t colorblind as race still plays a part — in a “positive” way mind you, but still a part.

  • Anonymous

    I hope the warmth that you feel for this moment sustains us when we are sitting in our cardboard box/home eating lint because we are out of work and taxed into the stone age. Eh Comrade!?!

  • Weaselmomma

    Um, I am glad that you had a good day.
    I wish the best for the next 4 years. I am already fantasizing about Jindahl 2012. Have a great night.

  • Melisa

    Sarah: Thanks. I would have felt the same way if the results had been different.

    Michelle: No, I don’t think it is. I agree with you there. I mean that my kids (and so many in their generation) are colorblind as in they are really looking at who people are INSIDE and not the color of their skin. I totally disagree with voting for anyone of any skin color, based on the color of their skin.

    Anonymous: Funny, Jim. “Thanks” for commenting. You and Weaselmomma will have lots to talk about when we go out for drinks. I still love you, though.

    Weaselmomma: Ditto on the comment above. Except for the “Loving you” part. It’s too early in our relationship for that. Let’s say I still really like you. 🙂

  • Sue

    I looked for you in Grant park, Melisa! I saw plenty of Oprah and Jesse Jackson, but not you.

    It was truly an amazing moment.

  • Dea

    😀 😀

    And ITA with you about the kids – my son’s school had a mock vote, and he said Obama won – and I asked why the kids voted for him – and he said because he was “young.” I almost teared up! 😀