Wow, what a crazy night, huh? We went to a friend’s house to watch the election returns, thinking that we would be up all night weeping into our drinks, but the good news came pretty fast. And then, just after Romney finished his concession speech, the following e-mail appeared on my iPhone.
I’m sure the President sent similar e-mails to everyone who donated money to his decidedly grassroots campaign (we donated a whopping $27.00 in very small increments over the past few months) but something about getting an e-mail from the leader of the free world just before he took the stage thrilled me to no end. I mean, if there was ever any doubt about the fact that we have a 21st century president, it was dispelled for me tonight. Smart, caring, tech-savvy and sharp as a fucking tack, Barack Obama is the real deal and I have never been prouder to call him my president.
I told Greta on the drive home that she is a lucky kid to be able to say that she grew up during the Obama years and that someday she’ll look back on it and know that her crazy old man was right. I don’t know if she gets it yet, but someday she totally will.
Que viva, Obama!
I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first. I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.
You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.
I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started. But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.
Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests. There’s a lot more work to do. But for right now: Thank you.