Sweet Home Chicago

“Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person. ” – Mother Teresa

Yes, I cried.

More than that I stood up and screamed and clapped and sent text messages to my 18 yo niece all night.

I found myself wishing I was in Chicago – the city I consider my home town.  Not only was my beautiful baby girl born there, but last night history was made there with the first African American President Elect speaking.

I was moved in more ways than one. For me, personally, what moved me (and still does) about Obama is the way he made ME want to go out and do something. His voice, his words, his presence, his hope, instilled hope in me and inspired me. I have never in all the years since I became eligible to vote been so involved and so moved.

As I stated to a friend in a comment on my previous post, unlike many who are now going to sit around and wait to see what he does (fail or not), I am not going to wait. I am not going to pray. I am going to do whatever I can to make him and all of us successful.  Yes, some McCain supporters (likely the ones that Boo’d so loudly during McCain’s speech at the point he referenced Obama) will sit back and watch and hope and pray that Obama fails.

We cannot control those types. They will do what they want to do. They will need to work hard to prove they are right and may even do things to sabotage Obama and those of us who work for change.

I wont. I will welcome my Republican friends with open arms and together we will change the world. It is not about Obama doing it all for us. It is about us, as Americans, doing it for ourselves under his leadership.

Throughout the speeches last night, I kept reflecting on the words of John F. Kennedy.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country”.

This, to me, symbolizes why I voted for Obama. He made me believe that I, we, you, all of us can and should work together for a brighter tomorrow. Pray if you want, sit back and watch, move to Mexico as a commenter said, I am here for the long haul and I am proud to be.  I am going to see what I can do. I will not sit around and wait and watch to see what is done for me.  I believe it is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

I am proud to be an American today. Proud that my children, my white boys of privilege, will grow up in a time that welcomes an African American American President.

Call me a bleeding heart liberal that is willing to give her time and money to help others (versus worrying about who is taking my money for welfare). Call me whatever you wish.  (After being called slut, crackwhore, birfmuggle, barfmother, unfit, and more not much phases me.)

I self identify. I will not follow. I will not wait. I will do. I hope others join me.  As Rosemary Brown says “until all of us have made it, none of us have made it”.

We can make it happen.

Yes. We. Can.

 

7 Thoughts.

  1. I WAS SOOOOOOOOO WISHING I WAS IN GRANT PARK LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!
    I am so happy! I am feeling that sense of excitement, of wanting to help, of change to come!!!
    Hugs!
    Kristy

  2. Good Post Suz! I disagree with your choice for President but not with your words of wisdom. Pray and Act is all that any of us can do…including Obama (or McCain, if he would of been elected). Those that sit on the couch and wait will be waiting for a very long time!

  3. Brava, Suz, Brava! I join you in doing all I can to make ALL of us successful. There is much work to be done. For the first time in a long, long time, I feel hope that Americans can find common ground and shared values that will show us to be leaders at home and abroad in the coming years.

  4. I was glued to the television last, marvelling at the fact I was observing history in the making. I’m so proud of America. And Obama is a truly inspiring great leader

  5. I am right there with you. I woke up this morning and felt that we have a chance to make a difference.
    For me the nicest thinking about today was that my son called me. We share the same political beliefs and I feel so lucky that we do! 40 years apart and yet we are on the same page.

  6. I still haven’t come back to earth. I’m thrilled, inspired and filled with hope for the future. Yes! Yes! YES!!! WE CAN AND WE DID!!!

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