Wednesday, 5 November 2008

My Thoughts....

I am so unbelievably happy...

If I think about the feeling after Bush won in 2000 and 2004, 
If I think about all the hours I have spent watching speeches, reading about the presidential race and the subsequent inspiration I have felt about Obama's candidacy.
If I think about all the people who desperately hoped American will no longer be in the grips of the religious right, be it writers, bloggers, artists, designers, my favourite bands, and nearly every American I have met in the last few years...I am so unbelievably happy.

I wouldn't be quite as happy and emotional as I am if it wasn't for Obama's speech last night. It was truly brilliant. He didn't run on the stage all smiles and fist punches, he remained his ever measured and calm self, he didn't make empty promises full of self congratulation and blind hope, he knows that the mess his country is in is going to take years to even begin to turnaround, and that winning the election has only created the opportunity for change, it hasn't changed anything yet. But everything he said in that speech reaffirmed what I/we have always believed - he is a brilliant intelligent man that wants to be president for all the right reasons, and after 8 years of the Bush administration he is the dream president, we could not have hoped for a better person.

It has already been said but McCain's speech last night was great too, I think he finally showed his true self and the man that we liked before he put his campaign in the hands the republican machine, you could see his distain for the people booing Obama. He is a good man and hopefully can distance himself from his terrible campaign and carry on serving American as he once did.

I have really enjoyed this election, it has inspired and entertained me like nothing else I have witnessed or probably ever will again. Part of this is down to the wonderful electronic world we live in, the speed that information can be passed around the world, and the ease in which people can voice and share their opinions is at times staggering. I have particularly enjoyed the Michael Tomasky blog on the Guardian, he is such a knowledgeable kind spirited man his insights have been a joy, and when in his last post he mentioned continuing to blog about Obama and America passed the election and beyond I felt like I had gained a good friend for life. Obviously I have also immensely  enjoyed The Daily Show throughout all of this, I used to download every episode long before it was on British TV and to see it have such a strong and prominent voice throughout the campaign has been great. 

Good luck Barack, I hope everyone listens to last night's speech, it really said it isn't just up to him...

Tom x


Elise said...

great blog tom
loved your thoughts
and i agree fully with you

now that animal collective ....i've forgotten who i am that's mad


Anonymous said...


Hi... it's your boss. Just to say I really don't mind you taking time away from the 'day' job to do your blog. Loved your piece on Obama.

Glen said...

i like it tom
well written and heart felt....great