I just wanted to quickly comment at how pleased as punch I am that we get Obama. I will qualify and state that, yes, I expect to be, perhaps often, dissapointed at actual results. I am far left and insanely pro-environment, and know that all things can’t go my way. I know that Obama doesn’t share all of my opinions, and can’t make everything go all his way even if he did. But here is the thing – I finally feel that we have an intelligent person in the position. I feel that I could sit down to tea with him and rationally discuss things in an erudite manner. How refreshing!! Bush was the president one could drink a beer with (I have better people to drink beer with), but Obama I could have a pleasant conversation with – about the origins of the universe, about global warming, about justice and equality, about my kid’s school experience – whatever!
Also, I was brought to tears that on a national stage he would champion the rights of all people, including gay or straight. Is the era of public acceptability dictated by the religious conservative right really over? Well, I don’t watch a lot of television, so I am out of touch and maybe even Bush gave lip service to the okay-ness of all people – but I really feel a breath of fresh air being blown over the political world (outside of Alaska).