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Thank You, Barack

Barack ObamaI was surprised that I didn’t explode with happiness when it was announced that Barack Obama would be the next President of the United States. Or when Virginia went blue on the map — an amazing event. It couldn’t sink in. But when President-Elect Obama spoke tonight... wow. It felt real. It felt great.

This is from my email tonight and it says more at this moment than I can.
Pam —

I’m about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don’t want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign — every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it’s time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I’ll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing...

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,

I’ve got to say, besides the beautiful message of history, dedication, and gratitude, I totally love that we’re on a first-name basis.
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Charlotte said...

I'm a native Arlingtonian, and seeing VA going Blue was just wonderful....

Andrea -- Just One More Book!! Podcast said...

Congratulations, Pam!

Mary Lee said...

Huzzah for blue Virginia from blue Ohio!

EM said...

Yes, we did.

Anonymous said...

Hip,hip hooray!What a night!

Jules at 7-Imp said...


Come see the beautiful illustration Paul Rogers did, which we posted today.


Congrats on your blue state! I thought of you and Jama Rattigan when that happened.

It's a new day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And we're all here to see it!

Anonymous said...

Hooray for us all! :) And you were one of the first people I thought of when I got the news this morning.

ElsKushner said...

I thought of you, too. And I love getting those emails from Barack; I didn't even mind when they were asking for money.

Lisa Schroeder said...


I've heard they were watching all over the world. One of my blog readers is in Paris and she said some stayed up until 4 am to hear the results. Wow. It's mind boggling to think people all over the world were wishing and hoping just as hard as we were!

Unknown said...

Our nation's collective IQ just went up about 20 points - I think even McCain, in the end, was happy to see it happen. I'm SURE he was happy he'll never have to be in the same room with That Woman ever again!

Still leaking a little out the eyes, two days later. It's Barack o'clock!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

LOL I got that email from Barack too. I immediately and gleefully forwarded it to my brother. We were talking about the election in the faculty room on Wed. and another teacher was saying how much she loved seeing his name at the bottom of her email. And you know what? Even though we all got the same message it is still precious and makes me swell with happiness. Maybe more so because we all share it! Yes We Can!!

Vivian Mahoney said...


Anonymous said...

It is incredible how Obama has made this election so personal for people all over our country. He inspired me to volunteer for a campaign for the first time ever, and I took my kids to the victory celebration Nov 4th. Never done this, but I could feel that he would win, and I wanted them to be there for it. My 9 yr old said he was proud Obama would be our President. With it all, he has remained so focused and unbelievably humble. What a great leader he is!