05 November 2008

Our stories are singular but our destiny is shared

Still recovering from last night, and finding a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye as I read and watch the reactions around the world.

I met up with a few former colleagues and went along to Cafe En Seine where the Democrats Abroad organised an election night party. We got to the party at about 9pm Dubin time, and the first real results didn't come in until 1am and the party was just getting going. Stumbled out at about 4am after CNN called the result, and made it home in time to watch McCain's concession speech, and then Obama's victory speech.

The Very Understanding Girlfriend is in Tanzania at the moment, but got up to watch the results. We were in touch by text for the whole night, and when I spoke with her this morning she told me that there are celebrations on the streets there as well. That is what is so amazing about Obama's victory, it is something that people all around the world feel directly connected to. Watching the tears roll down the cheeks of Rev Jesse Jackson last night, it was impossible not to be moved.

Tomorrow reality will set in. Change will not happen overnight, and when it comes it will be gradual and less dramatic than many people are calling for. Mistakes will be made, and an inevitable sense of disappointment will arise.

But that is tomorrow.

Today we can believe in change.

Photos from the Election Party


At 3:39 pm, Blogger 2BiT said...

Now all he has to do is survive to be sworn in...

At 11:56 am, Blogger Niall Murphy said...


At 1:14 pm, Blogger Unkie Dave said...

@niall_murphy - maybe that's why Eric appeared in Obama's infomerical!


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