So, the 44th President of the United States.
President-elect Barack Obama.
Barack Obama in his mother's arms...
Tonight, I had the lovely privilege of being invited into two chat rooms to join my friends who live all across the U.S., in various locations in Italy and other countries around the world. We chatted, laughed, joked and watched the election results roll in.
I was more than prepared for a very late night, but it was over almost before it began. Currently, the posted results are 338 - 156 for Obama. The majority came in really early in the evening, and there was great happiness, joy, excitement...an overflowing of emotion from everyone in both chat rooms. What a delight to be included, even if I'm not a resident. It was amazing to feel like I belonged. I did not feel even a smidge like an outsider. That's the beauty of community, I think. People who care about each other include each other.
I have been a part of a larger whole tonight, participating in a small miracle of sorts.
In the afterglow of the CNN-announced Obama win, I watched the TV coverage of the crowd in Chicago's Grant Park, while they waited for President-elect Barack Obama and his family to arrive. I witnessed some very touching scenes...
~ Rev. Jesse Jackson standing in the crowd, his finger pressed firmly against his mouth to still the trembling in his lips as the tears coursed unstopped down his cheeks.
~ Oprah Winfrey, leaning on the shoulder of a friend, struggling to maintain her composure as the tears ran in rivulets over her cheeks and onto her hands clasped underneath her chin.
~ An older man, in his 80's I'd guess, standing with a younger woman, his hand shaking gently as he wiped tears from his eyes.
~ Two beautiful young women standing closely together, smiling broadly as they swayed side to side to the music playing before the President-elect arrived.
~ A group of young men, singing along with the music, watching the stage impatiently as they anticipated the arrival of their hero, this man who they've chosen to believe in, to support.People caring about each other including each other.
This is a beginning, a new start, for a country plagued by years of financial struggle, devastating war and attacks from afar. It is also a fresh start for the rest of the world, because the tenor of the Universe's energy has changed with this man's election. Even before he opens his mouth to speak, the energy around this country has already softened and become more compassionate. God knows, the citizens of his country deserve a break, a respite from the last number of years of one crisis after another.
Barack Obama with his grandparents...
So, here's to you, President-elect Obama!
May God bless...
May God bless.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead