I am still stumbling around in a haze of bliss, joy, and amazement. We did it! All this time I've been trying not to want this so much because I knew how much it would hurt if Obama didn't win. Don't get me wrong -- obviously I still did my part for the campaign. And I still really, really wanted this. Last night when the election was called I released an insane amount of pent-up emotion. I don't think I'll be able to function normally for a few days.
Let me tell you what this means to me, why I wanted it so much. In Obama I saw someone who is intellectually curious, seeking, decisive but in a reflective way, self aware, wise beyond his years, even tempered, strategic, idealistic but practical, well spoken. Well spoken, people!!! He has been thinking about the art of governing since his childhood. He is the leader we need right now.
On a very personal, emotional level, Obama's victory has another meaning for me. As a Mexican American who grew up playing with blonde dolls, watching Disney princess movies, wished for blond hair and blue eyes, cringed when my parents spoke Spanish, and always felt an outsider in my mostly-Anglo neighborhood, this is huge. It took me a long time to love my brown self. It wasn't until I was in college that I finally saw my difference as something beautiful.
So to see the Obama family* on stage in Chicago last night, the family that will occupy the White House and represent out country to the world, to see a mixed-race man rise to the highest office in the country -- I just can't tell you how much my heart is swelling right now. And I can only imagine how this makes millions of other Americans of color feel as well. I think this will change the way a lot of people feel about themselves.
This post is woefully inarticulate. But I'm so freaking happy today! And I'm wishing you all a fantastic, hope-filled day!
* Michelle Obama is our new First Lady! Don't get me started on how awesome I think she is, too! And I don't care if it's shallow to say this -- Michelle Obama's dress rocks.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Posted by Adriana Velez at 10:09 AM