Tuesday, November 4, 2008

44th President of the United States of America

Barack Obama 44th President of the United States.
Wow ! What a race ?
There is no doubt who the people wanted to lead us into the future. We have seen the first major change with the first black President and there are many many more changes to come.
John McCain is a very gracious looser and his speech was an incredible one. I love how he said that the victory will not change their differences from each other but that he accepts Obama as his president and has pledged to help Obama in the future struggles. He was very tasteful in his speech tonight.
Congrats !!!!!! to our new President BARACK OBAMA.
He deserves this position and is very capable of leading us. We need somebody confident and ready to face the challenges ahead in a tough economy. I love his reference to the 106 year old woman and how he talked about everything she has witnessed in her century alive. The bombing of the harbor, bringing down the Berlin wall, The fact that she could not vote because she was black and woman were not allowed to vote. The hopes, dreams and struggles that she has witnessed. It was a powerful speech and we can only imagine that if our kids were lucky enough to be anywhere close to 100 years old what they will experience and witness through out their lives. Today Pravan is six and he will be fortunate to be able to vote again in 100 years and all the triumphs and struggles and dream he will witness along the way will be amazing.
These are the exact words from his speech and I quote :
"This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing – Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons – because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America – the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made? "
I have never been so passionate about politics before but there is a certain security in Obama. This is the beginning of many firsts.Pravan is obsessed with learning the presidents in order and he can name the first 20 in order. Priyasha is not too far behind. At 2.5 yrs old she can name the first twelve in order. Pravan immediately knew this was the 44Th president and said we should put a picture of Obama on his place mat. Here are some pics i took tonight as we watched this historic event together.
It really felt like New Years eve. All those clips of all those places. Times Square, Harlem, Chicago, Phoenix. People all over were a part of this historic event. I sat comfortably on my couch and snapped all these shots. Thanks for stopping by.
Here 's to the future !!!

History in the making

A very nice gentleman pulled over and offered to take our picture. Sign outside public library On the side of the road. At the clubhouse in my development. Notice the snow on the mountains. It was a very cold day and my son decided not to wear a jacket. That was one battle I chose not to fight this morning. Suprisingly he was not cold. Today will mark a memorable day in History and we all get to be a part of it. My kids will grow up and may never remember this unless I can do something to change that. That is exactly what I did. I too them out today to see the voting booths and also see the political signs on the side of the road. They have watched the presidential debates on TV and they have heard so much. They obviously have very little or no idea about how important this day is. Pravan understand there will be a change of presidents but still there is so much more to it than just replacing who is in the white house. I was nervous taking their pictures with the signs today as the motorists that passed by honked at us. For good reasons and in support I am sure. I guy went out of his way and pulled over and offered to take pics of me and the kids together. I thought that was so sweet. Well this morning we got up to snow on the ground and it has been a dull, gloomy, cold day and it has sleeted on and off. I went to the gym and I am in my hot pink tracks today. Someone had to brighten up the day and it was me today. I am so proud of myself for keeping up with the workouts at the gym. Anyway it will be a long night as we watch the results and see what the future holds.
If Obama wins we make history as he will be the first African American President ever. If McCain wins he will be the oldest president and we will have the first woman vice President. Well today will be a truly memorable day and these will be great shots to share with my great great grandchildren and all the ones before and after. You know what I mean.
View of mountains outside my house.
This is what the booths look like where you vote.
This sign was on a busy street and it was unsafe to get the kids out.
At the clubhouse. It was very quiet but they expect to get busy when people get out of work.
I just had to be a part of history. Thanks for stopping by.