Here's To Pride + Four More Years


I'm sure posts like this will be flooding the blog world today, but I'm not the least bit worried to be lost among the masses. In fact, I'm both excited and proud. I've never made my political allegiance a secret around here. I've always voiced how I felt and never felt guilty for having my convictions. That's the American way. So many people took a stand yesterday, on both sides of the fence. The fact that the race was so close just goes to show you how each and every vote counted. Voting is a civil right. You certainly don't have to exercise your right to vote, but if you did, you helped make history!

This is the first Presidential election that I truly cared about. I was of legal age during the '08 election and I sided Obama all the way, but I didn't really get involved in any way. I probably couldn't tell you why I was so gung-ho on Obama. I wasn't emotionally tied to any of the platforms, I didn't feel as though it related to me too much. Boy was I wrong. I feel like I've grown up a lot over the past 4 years and I feel like I made the right decision yesterday, and in 2008. While I may not agree with everything on Obama's bucket list for America, I certainly feel as though I'm in better hands because of him.

Women on the other side of the fence argued that women/civil issues were not as important as economic ones. Women on the blue side argued otherwise. There will never be a President who fully captures every issue, desire and demand of the American people. We're far too diverse of a country. Instead, we side with candidates who resonate with us. Who respect us. And that's why Obama got my vote yesterday. He respects me. He respects my friends.

I worried yesterday. I sat anxiously by all day, letting work fall to the wayside while I constantly refreshed the electoral college map. I was scared. But the sheer amount of pride I felt when Obama was announced as the re-elected president quickly washed away any of my worries. Pride. American Pride. Mike and I both cried during his acceptance speech. Knowing in our hearts what we felt to be right and true, and seeing it come to fruition before us... it was an incredible thing. 

History was made yesterday! Tammy Baldwin, the first openly-gay (+ female, to boot!) senator was elected into office. Maize Hirono, the first Asian-American female senator was elected into office. Tammy Duckworth, the first disabled (veteran!) woman was elected into the House of Reps. Washington state and Colorado vote to legalize recreational marijuana! Maine, Washington and Maryland are just three more victories to add to the legalization of same sex unions.

This is the America I'm proud to be part of. Regardless of where you stand on these issues you have to admit, it's pretty frickin' 2012 of us and it's amazing to see history being made. Let's just cross our fingers and hold onto our britches because measures to overturn many of these things will undoubtedly be plentiful. This is progress. This is us moving forward. And this is me being excited about a (hopefully slightly) more radical approach to how we do things around here because he doesn't have to worry about seeking reelection once more.
I welcome all opinions and beliefs on LCH. You're welcome to state your opinion as long as you do so in a polite way. Malicious comments on either side of the fence will be removed. Thanks for letting me share my excitement!

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  1. I have that same GIF on my blog today too! I'm not American, I don't live in America, but I cried during Obama's acceptance speech too - he's not perfect, but he's a truly inspirational man who I believe is trying very hard to do the right thing for his country (and in his dealings with the rest of the world).

    GOBAMA!!!!

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  2. I may not be American but I can't tell you how happy I was to see Obama get re-elected! He represents a set of values that I believe in strongly and it means a lot to see someone like him leading a country that is so influential on the rest of the world! I must admit that I got a little teary-eyed during his acceptance speech too:)

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  3. I live in Belgium and I even freaking cried because I was so happy. It's weird how much our countries differ though, absolutely no one here could understand how so many people voted for Romney. If Belgians had to vote (or actually Europeans) probably 85% of the votes would have gone to Obama! I'm really glad though for you though :) xo

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  4. Ahhh I'm so happy right now!! I went the opposite route from you... I was too nervous to watch until right near the end. Phew! Our rights should always matter. Still holding my breath to see if Washington State (my home) will legalize same-sex marriage once all the votes are officially in. =) Thanks for posting this - it made me smile this morning!

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  5. My stomach was in knots all day yesterday. Anxiety through the roof! Words cannot express how truly happy I am that Obama won. I was a crying, dancing, jumping mess when it was announced.

    It's crazy that in 2012 people still believe that others are second class to them simply because of their gender or sexuality. This type of mentality literally blows me away and I just can't comprehend it, and to think people wanted a man in office to believed this saddens me. But it's all done now - we got our man for four more years!!

    And because I've been saying it all night and morning - TWO TERRRRMMZ! ;)

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  6. Oh my gosh, WHERE is that gif from?! Sooo funny, I love it!
    Four more years!!!

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  7. I'm Irish but as you probably know the whole world was gripped by who would win. However, I didn't know about Tammy Baldwin, Maize Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, and the other issues that seem to be (finally) progressing too. Thanks for this post! If I hadn't read it I would have never known about the other political firsts in America. :)

    Aoife x

    http://aoife-blake.com

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  8. Heck yess Kaelah!!! I'm with you 100% girl! The project I have been working on was for the election/potential transition. I was so nervous if there would be a transition... we all sat in the office and at home on pins and needles and cheered and popped champagne and danced when it was finally decided!!

    His speech had me in tears too - now THAT is the kind of power, emotion and fighting mentality that I LOVE about our President. I literally have "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder playing on my ipod on repeat (the song he and his family walked out to for his speech).

    I'm so excited!

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  9. You go Kaelah! That's a very inspirational post. I'm not american, i'm french, but in these hard times, i really see Obama as the figure of hope, for the entire world.
    I really understand you're proud, and I really think you and your country deserve this pride!
    (I wish my english language is understandable by the way)
    Celebrate for me!

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  10. I'm not an American citizen, but I can tell you - everyone in the UK was for Obama! I was so excited to find out that he'd been re-elected when checking the news this morning (following day for us here!!) he really is awesome!

    louisejoyb x

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  11. What a beautiful post :) I have to admit the pride you Americans have in your country is so wonderful, we simply aren't really like that in England, it's such a cultural difference! Makes me want to jump ship and come over to the USA :)

    Alli xx

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  12. I'm really disappointed that Obama got elected for many reasons (the main one being that he does not defend the innocent lives of the unborn), but Im not gonna, like, diss him on Facebook. I know God is still In control and this fits into His plan somehow. :)

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    1. While I agree with your statement about the unborn child (I'm pro-choice but anti-abortion), I could not elect a man who I only agree with on one issue. Mitt Romney would side with you on that issue, and run the country in every other way, into the ground.

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    2. Just because someone is Pro-choice doesn't mean that they are Pro-abortion. I am Pro-choice because it's my body, and no male politician is going to tell me what I can and can't do with it. I however would NEVER have an abortion. It's about being allowed to make the choice, not to kill unborn children.

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    3. Thanks for being brave enough to share your thoughts when clearly most commenters here are on "the other side." I, too, am pro-life, however I feel that making birth control more available (ahem, Obamacare) is the BEST way to decrease abortions. Fewer unwanted pregnancies = fewer abortions! Aren't we blessed to live in a country where we can share our opinions openly.

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    4. On the statement about "running this country into the ground" - you do know that unemployment rates have increased, and this country's debt has sky rocketed.. all since Obama took office? Just something to think about.

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    5. I agree with Talia. The few, the proud. Stay strong!

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    6. Being Pro-Choice, but not being Pro-Abortion, is a huge contradiction. The reason I'm against abortion in the first place is because I believe life begins at conception. And NO ONE has the right to dismiss anyone's life. This is also why I'm against the death penalty. Even in cases of incest, and rape I am AGAINST abortion. They are people too. They deserve the right to live. Plenty of people can't have children and have to adopt. Adoption is an option, killing an innocent child is not.

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    7. Any way you swing it, the baby's alive. It has a heartbeat at 6 weeks. Thats definitely not a blob of tissue! And if you say you are not for abortion but don't defend the lives murdered everyday, is that any different? If Obama is not for abortion, I do not understand why he wouldobote against w the pending law to ban partial birth abortion (they pull the baby partly out, open hole in its skull with scissors, suck it's brain out, and the deliver the dead baby).

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    8. p.s. thanks for hearing me out ;) I know most of you will not agree with me, and I'm ok with that :). I just needed to get my opinion out there:) thanks for listening!

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  13. I loved the results and I was so excited when I found out. However, the malicious and hurtful comments were really quite crazy! Whether you wanted Obama or not,we should be united in our countries decision. And we're just not.

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  14. dude yes!!! was nervous all day haha last night was so epic..i can't believe all of the things that passed! proud to be an american, and that there are people like you to share it with!

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  15. WOO! Thanks for all of these. Also, for the shout out to Tammy Baldwin (as a Wisconsinite, I am so proud to have voted for her!)
    I'm a long time reader but I never comment (shy, sorry)... but I felt like this would be the best post to begin with!

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  16. WOO! Thanks for all of these. Also, for the shout out to Tammy Baldwin (as a Wisconsinite, I am so proud to have voted for her!)
    I'm a long time reader but I never comment (shy, sorry)... but I felt like this would be the best post to begin with!

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  17. WOOO yes! These are all so great. Also, so proud to be an American. Thanks for the shout out to Tammy Baldin (as a Wisconsinite, I am so proud to have voted for her)!!

    Long time follower but I never comment, but I feel like after this post... I needed to tell you you're the best!

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  18. This post was AMAZING! Very well said points and I'm so glad you are open about your view points.

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  19. I was so thrilled when I woke up this morning and saw the results!! As a Canadian, I know that the leadership of the USA affects my country as well. I was truly frightened over what ideas our current overlord Harper would get in his mind, if Romney were to take control. I am so thrilled that the US continues to pursue a liberal and social path, perhaps even more adamantly than my own country currently does (nobody over here seems to be pioneering much right now!). I hope it rubs off on us :)

    --Erin

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  20. Gorgeous post, lady! I didn't vote - I never have, maybe I will in four years, I don't know! I was too undecided. However, I am truly happy with the results and even happier about the same-sex approval in FOUR states! I didn't know about Minnesota until NOW! Exciting. :D Also really excited for Tammy's and Maize! :D

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  21. Unfortunately, Minnesota didn't legalize same-sex marriage. The amendment that Minnesotans voted on was whether or not to make same-sex marriage ILLEGAL. It shouldn't have even been voted on. It was an amendment created by homophobics to try and shoot down gay marriage before it could even become an option. I'm super proud to be a Minnesotan today though because it is certainly ONE STEP closer to equality. At least we didn't take a step backwards, which is basically what the amendment would have been.

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    1. Oops! Thank you for the correction! I think my eagerness got the best of me and I failed to proof-check fully!

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  23. I was nervous as well! I'm studying in Chile, and it was fascinating to discuss the U.S. politics with the people here, especially considering their communist background. It was awesome to hear why some of the people here liked Obama or Romney, and hearing the outsider's point of view was eye-opening.

    Honestly, I told Brandon (fiancé) that I wasn't going to come back to the States if Romney won, and I'm still ridiculously thrilled that he did. So, so happy.

    Also, I love how you put your reason for voting for Obama: "He respects me. He respects my friends." because that is exactly why I voted for him.

    I don't understand the Facebook rantings though... no one is going to look at someone's "Obama doesn't know how to manage money" FB post or the (predictably) nasty comments below and think "Wow, you have totally changed my political beliefs with that message. Thank you."

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  24. "it's pretty frickin' 2012 of us" - I love that! :)

    xo

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  25. Beautiful post, Kaelah! Like you, I spent yesterday being so scared and nervous with butterflies in my stomach every time I even thought about the election. I was so terrified that Romney would win. I'm so proud of Obama and our fellow country members who believe in so many wonderful things that are supposed to make America what it is!

    <3

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  26. I'm Canadian, so I couldn't vote, but I, along with most other people I know, was very happy to hear the news!

    -Lindsey

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  27. I loved this post! Especially when you talked about respect and a candidate that resonates with you.

    Well done, Lady!

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  28. I am pumped for my state of Washington! I hope that all of new tax revenue from legal marijuana sales can be put towards the education system because really, where are we without education at our roots? And I am SO happy so so so happy that my LGBTQ friends can now marry the person they love in my state! Now, to get these things going in every state. It'll take a long time, but I'm hopeful :)
    xo Moorea

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    1. I lived in Washington off & on for 8 years, and I'm interested to see how they plan to regulate the tweeds ( as my southern granny says lol).

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  29. Yesterday was a GREAT day - and my lawd, those election results trickled in and made such a cliffhanger! I was trying...trying....trying to stay awake and then SO excited. I hope that the past two elections have proven that there's a massive amount of the population who truly care about how EVERYONE is treated by our government.

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  30. I was so worried, im from England but i know that what happens in the states affects the world. Religion seems to play such a big part in American politics. The fact Romey had so much support scares the shit out of me as it is. Obamas re-election was a huge victory for women. Haters gonna hate, but i LOVE Obama! (i'd swap his ass for David bloody Cameron any day.. :/ )

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  31. Amen!! Keep preachin' it, sista! I'm SO happy about the progress we've made. Forward motion is scary to some but it's exciting to those of us fighting the good fight :)

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  32. Our political views seem to be nearly identical! I was so nervous all day yesterday, too. I was scared to watch up-to-the-minute coverage because I just didn't know if I could handle it. We ended up making so many progressive, amazing decisions yesterday. I'm so happy. I live in Missouri, so I was beyond stoked that Todd Akin lost! Fuck that guy. Ugh.

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  33. I love this and I agree completely! God bless! :)

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  34. I am so proud of Wisconsin! I had really lost hope with my state with the whole Scott Walker fiasco (UGHHH) but now I'm glad that things are changing for the good! I was also terrified that Romney would win and SO RELIEVED that Obama won! :D

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  35. Perhaps my last comment was too rambling and personal. I'm sure it was. Let me say again how much I love this post, and how relieved and happy I am with the election results. It's a good day :)

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  36. I was so relieved when Obama got declared the winner. I too feel like this election was definitely a victory for women, hands down! Unfortunately many of the propositions I supported here in CA did not get passed (we were trying to abolish the death penalty and label GMOs on foods). Oh well, there's always next time!

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  37. I cried when I found out Obama was going to be re-elected. Let me start of by saying that those weren't tears of joy. I stand up for religious freedom, and unborn babies, that's why I voted for Romney. Hopefully, Obama will finally get the show on the road, and create more jobs. Gas prices will go out the roof for the next four years, but that's ok, he's only got four more years and he's out. Thanks for letting me share!

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    1. Well, considering most oil companies are ran by people on the right (Koch brothers) it's safe to say Obama has nothing to do with the price of gas. I don't think any president has EVER had that control. I also don't believe Obama is trying to take away anyone's religious freedoms. He is only following what our forefathers required when the constitution & bill of rights were inacted- A separation of church & state.

      With that being said, as a democratic woman, I am also a Christian and I am also anti-abortion but that doesn't meant that I can't be pro choice. Like so many of the other ladies said, abortion is not an option for me personally, but that is only one end of the spectrum... birth control is the key to stopping unwanted pregnancies, and I refuse to vote for any candidate that wants to take a woman's right to have access to birth control. I also can't back anyone who can't decide whether he's pro-choice or not.

      Outside of the women's issues, it says a lot about a candidate when the state he governed, backed his opponent and not him. When that happens, it is important to research what policies he put into place and how they worked for that state. Other than Romney care (which is identical to Obamacare) many residents weren't happy with his performance as governed and that is on both sides.

      Sorry for the long response, I guess I'm saying what our blog host has already stated, I can't disregard all other issues and base my vote on one or two issues that I agree with. I don't agree with Obama on everything, but I don't think there will ever be a candidate I agree with 100% unless I am that candidate.

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    2. Well, considering most oil companies are ran by people on the right (Koch brothers) it's safe to say Obama has nothing to do with the price of gas. I don't think any president has EVER had that control. I also don't believe Obama is trying to take away anyone's religious freedoms. He is only following what our forefathers required when the constitution & bill of rights were inacted- A separation of church & state.

      With that being said, as a democratic woman, I am also a Christian and I am also anti-abortion but that doesn't meant that I can't be pro choice. Like so many of the other ladies said, abortion is not an option for me personally, but that is only one end of the spectrum... birth control is the key to stopping unwanted pregnancies, and I refuse to vote for any candidate that wants to take a woman's right to have access to birth control. I also can't back anyone who can't decide whether he's pro-choice or not.

      Outside of the women's issues, it says a lot about a candidate when the state he governed, backed his opponent and not him. When that happens, it is important to research what policies he put into place and how they worked for that state. Other than Romney care (which is identical to Obamacare) many residents weren't happy with his performance as governed and that is on both sides.

      Sorry for the long response, I guess I'm saying what our blog host has already stated, I can't disregard all other issues and base my vote on one or two issues that I agree with. I don't agree with Obama on everything, but I don't think there will ever be a candidate I agree with 100% unless I am that candidate.

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    4. Okay this is getting ridiculous at this point. If you'd like to take YOUR politics to YOUR platform, please feel free. I'm so glad this post sparked some debate and conversation, but there comes a time when it's just like "enough". YOU have YOUR opinion and I have MINE. Same with everyone else. I won't say yours is "wrong", and it'd be great if no one else tried to say mine/ours is wrong. Opinions are great, but they're just that... opinions. Thanks for the conversation ladies. If you'd like to take the time to write your own posts about your beliefs, I'm more than happy to let you link them in the comments. Have a great day!

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    5. I'm a Republican, and as a Catholic Woman, in my opinion, birth control, and a few other things are wrong. I'm a hard working woman, and I don't believe in taking the "easy way" out, (typical for a soldier). Also, as a Veteran who served this country, I know what goes into this government. I don't want to pose an argument, so all I'll say is I disagree with you completely, and I'm glad I made my vote count, Thanks!

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  38. To quote my husband, "you're either for equal rights for everyone or you're not. It's that simple." Neither of us could ever back anyone who thinks otherwise. Plus, I do not take kindly to politicians trying to tell me what I can and can't do with my body. So yeah, very relieved about the results!! We were living in Australia during the last election and you bet your ass we absentee voted for Obama then too. It's funny though, like you, much of my family (except immediate family who are Dems) are Repubs and they are PISSED. I've already been getting into it with my aunt on FB. LOLZ :)

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  39. Great blog, Kaelah! I am SO relieved with the results! Like many others, I was worried that things could have gone very badly last night. Hopefully the folks in Washington will now realize that they need to work TOGETHER moving forward in order to make positive changes. The voters have spoken!

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  40. Just reading your post made me cry a little (this election has slightly made me a hot mess). I am SO PROUD to have supported a president who cares about gay rights, my (and my fellow ladies) right to choose what to do with my body, and my friends' and family's ability to access affordable and quality healthcare. And the Tammy Duckworth and Tammy Baldwin wins were AMAZING. I love America and I'm so proud of the choices we made last night, but it's unfortunate we have become so deeply polarized. I really hope we can learn to "reach across the aisle" to keep the momentum going for a better tomorrow.

    As an aside, I really appreciate you voicing your political beliefs with such a public platform. So many bloggers seem to shy away from these more personal topics that may be controversial to some readers. So thanks for being brave and sharing what you believe in. A million high fives, my Obama sister.

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  41. Just reading this post made me cry a little (this election has made me a hot mess). I am SO PROUD of our country for choosing a president that cares about gay rights, women's right to choose how to take care of her body, and my friends' and family's ability to access affordable, quality healthcare. And the Tammy Duckworth and Tammy Baldwin wins were AMAZING (not to mention historic). I am incredibly grateful and proud to consider myself an American, but I am troubled by how polarizing our political system has become. I truly hope we can learn to "reach across the aisle" and work together to keep the momentum going for a better tomorrow.

    As an aside, I wanted to thank you for sharing your political beliefs on such a public platform. I rarely/never comment on blog posts, but I am moved by your courage for sharing something so personal and potentially controversial as your political beliefs. Many bloggers shy away from talking about anything that isn't rainbows and unicorns, and it's incredibly refreshing to see something that potentially some of your readers may disagree with. Thanks for sharing; I'm so glad I can celebrate this win with you. A million high fives, my Obama sister.

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  42. I must admit that on politics our opinions are very different, but I'm so glad to see someone who's as open as you about expressing her beliefs and sharing her excitement with the world! Most of the bloggers I follow have kept their opinions hush-hush and it's refreshing to see you sharing your joy openly and honestly :)

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  43. Obama's win was such a relief. I just can't support someone who isn't for all people's rights (*cough* Romney *cough*). His speech was beautiful and I know it had most of us crying, or sighing. The energy last night (via internet, twitter, facebook) was amazing. The people dancing on t.v. had me shimmying in my chair. His part on Hope brought a tear to my eye because it explains how most people feel about the life they live, or their heartfelt desires. Great speech, great night. GREAT HOPE!!

    "Sustain that hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead, or the road blocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary that something better awaits us, so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting". - Obama

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  44. Even in Australia everyone was on the edge of their seats waiting for the results, and I can tell you most of us let out a long sigh of relief when Obama was officially re-elected!
    What an impact one man can have on not just his country, but the entire world. Because regardless of where we're from, it actually affects us all. GOBAMA!

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  45. Shit Kaelah - this post is awesome. So well put. As an Aussie (and I feel I can confidently vouch for another 90% of Australia) we're so damn proud of you Americans today!

    Those gifs are awesome. Our PM is pretty stoked about it too. I'm glad our leaders are both switched on.

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  46. I will have to admit that I am very disappointed that he got reelected. I believe that the financial state of our country was more important than women's right. And this is more because the changes to women's right I feel would be very difficult to pass through the senate and house as well so I figured they would be safe. But personally I think those women's right should have no place in politics. It is our body and we should be able to chose what to do with it. I believe that is personal and should not be politics.

    I will say that while I am not gay, I am very excited that 3 more states voted to legalize gay marriage. I know the argument on the other side is that it is a religious thing but if you see all the rights couples get because they are married, it is not fair that a same sex couple not have those rights as well. Plus I feel they should be treated equal. Who has the right to say that a same-sex marriage is wrong. They are people just like straight people.

    So basically I am very disappointed at the choice in president but I am so happy with some of the other people who made office and the fact that more states are legalizing gay marriage. I do feel that is a step in the right direction.

    I am hoping that both sides can put aside there differences and come up with a solution to the financial situation.

    But I am pleased to day that this is the first year I voted and even though my candidate did not win I am so happy I got to participate in what makes this country so great.

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    1. Lindsey, though I disagree with your political views I have to THANK YOU for voting. World change happens when people care enough to act. Yay you!

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  47. I couldn't have said it better myself! I haven't cried yet, but I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be balling my eyes out!

    I was so happy for him and our country. I was extremely happy to see my grandmother's reaction! As a woman who grew up in the segregated south, to be able to vote for him twice was so overwhelming for her...she was literally speechless. It was especially special seeing as how she always voted republican up until Clinton ran ( who she only voted for because he's from her home state and she was familiar with his work). I'm am so excited to see what's in store for the next four years. I'm sure there will be some roughy spots, but I'm confident we are moving the right direction.

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  48. I'm an Australian who closely followed the election as I knew how it would influence my best friend and god son who both live in America. Even from the other side of the world I was on the edge of my seat, biting my nails and glued to the live stream (rather than working).
    I'm excited for America. I was able to share in your excitement on twitter Kaelah and reading your post just gave me Goosebumps.
    You should be proud to be so passionate about your beliefs.

    *virtual high five*

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  49. Kaylah, thank you so much for posting this. Thank you thank you thank you. So many bloggers steer clear from the issue as if its controversial to care. Voting is good, it makes a difference, and it benefits every person around you.

    Thank you for using your platform to promote change. You are such a bad ass blogger.

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  50. Here, here! So stoked and relieved. And that's a good point about the possibility of a little more shakeup since reelection isn't a concern...here's hoping!

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  51. So well articulated! I agree on all points!!!!

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  52. Ah I love this post so much. I am from Quebec and it was so important for me (and us I think, Quebec is really pro obama). I was so worried when it was close Romney because if he got elected, with Harper as a priminister of Canada, I was thinking : we're gonne sink. But, Obama makes a good balance, and I just respect him, he is quite a man, his wife, his beliefs, well done America!

    Olive xox
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  53. As others non-us-readers said, for me as a German it's so strange that Americans even vote for Romney!
    The fact that he with his political beliefs was an official candidate appears like a million steps back to the middleages for me.
    For example the german conservative party would never ever question puplic health care. Even if some of them would question our womens right to abort, they would never say that in pupblic because it's a broad agreement.
    And it's somehow funny, that we discuss the new presidental candidate from the sociodemocratic party, because he earned about 500k US Dollars with political lectures he held at different occassions. He got very criticized for that.
    And you have with Romney a candidate that is so rich, we can't imagine.
    The differences in our countries are funny and strange at the same time.

    I'm very happy you shared your political beliefs!! And I'm very happy Obama got re-elected!!

    and sorry for my bad english.

    lizzy

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  54. Obama! Weddings! Weed! What a great day :)

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  55. In totally agreement on everything! Though... I'm still a little disappointed that people are allowed to vote on others' civil rights. I had a friend point out that this is still a really big deal, that it's the first time a state has voted yes to gay marriage instead of it being the courts, but I don't know. It's still sad.

    Sometimes I have this overwhelming guilt because things are so EASY for me, you know? Cisgendered, white, fairly well off, happy family, heterosexual. I don't always know what I can do to help when I feel that there's injustice.

    Whoa. Too heavy for so early in the morning. Ha!

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  56. I just wanted to thank you for this post. I tend to drift a little more towards the right, so I did not vote for Obama. However, I appreciate your respectful approach to the topic. I've been seeing a lot of snark from BOTH sides, which is simply unnecessary. Therefore, I thank you for your polite response! (:

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  57. Kaelah, one thing you must have noticed by now... Obama made the world like America again (or at least more). And that's important. We are the world, all of us. America is important, and if the world see them as better, as good, it'll follow suit as the US should follow the world as well. We live in the same planet. If it goes boom we'll all go boom with it. :)

    Love your blog.

    All the best all the way from Brazil.

    Jo.

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  58. You have a right to vote for whoever you like, and so congratulations to you! Glad you are very excited ^_^!! I personally am not fond of, nor do I abhor Obama or Romney and was close to voting for a third party candidate, but decided on my own choice to not vote for many long listed reasons. My husband did the same and two of our friends agreed too. We spent a lot of time discussing it and yeah, many people we know are very angry at us right now and have yelled at us and tried to tell us how horrible we are. . .No matter who is president, I'm not worried.
    +Victoria+

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  59. I'm so with you! I'm relieved! Our vaginas and teachers are safe!

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  60. Awesome, lady!! So well said and I agree 100%! I was SO PROUD to vote for Obama AND Wisconsin's own Tammy Baldwin!! I saw them both speak in Madison, Wisconsin and I couldn't wait for voting day. I also voted for Obama in 08 but I totally feel more involved this time around now that I'm older. I can't even explain how relieved and proud I am of our country!!

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  61. Thanks for this, still get moved to tears when I read about his win or when I see how happy people are about this outcome. I was so moved to write a little post about my happiness also!

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  62. Finally a blogger who gets it. Thank you!

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  63. I'd like him to come over and run the UK!!
    x

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  64. I'm from Maine and a huge Obama supporter, so I was literally weeping with joy that night! This post matches exactly how I was feeling. Proud! :)

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  65. I totally missed this post when going through recent posts, but I wanted to say that I'm glad you posted it. A lot of bloggers don't talk politics, which I totally get, but I'm glad you posted. I was waiting with fingers crossed on election day and am SO happy with the outcome. I seriously shouted in joy when I heard them call it and woke my parents up across the house. There were 8 years given to someone to make a mess, and I think it's right we give Obama a full 8 to try and help fix it. So happy with the votes on gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana. I sobbed like a little kid during his acceptance speech and am very happy. It's nice to know my first vote went to Obama. :)

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