In case you were wondering.
Today is perhaps the best moment of the entire, interminable U.S. election cycle – we don’t know who has won yet, but we know for sure that some things will come to an end tonight and we hope that better things lie in store for us. Tomorrow and all it has to bring can wait. A few things I found myself thinking about today:
Hillary Clinton – from eating crow over cookies to being featured in McCain robocalls. Talk about a bizarro world. I guess nobody cares about her chocolate chip cookies anymore. Who’s laughing now? But also, would Obama have done as well in the national campaign if he hadn’t had her for an opponent? There was more than a little truth to his joke at the Al Smith dinner about McCain running against a cross-dressing NYC mayor for his nomination.
My cousin, an American and a Republican-leaning swing voter, looking at his kids a few years ago and telling me how he wanted them to feel a bond with India because they’d always be outsiders in the country of their birth. And now they might well grow up watching a biracial man of Kenyan descent being addressed as Mr. President.
All the people who’ve campaigned (especially for Barack Obama’s tremendous GOTV operation) over the past many months. No matter who wins tonight, these are people who took “democracy” (a word that’s been tossed around like confetti for the past eight years and treated with about as much respect) and made it a part of their personal lives. They’re the reason I’ve enjoyed this campaign so much. Reading their accounts of what they saw on the ground, the people they were talking to, the people they were working with… I’ve enjoyed it all tremendously.
“I don’t trust him.” By far the most common refrain amongst those who oppose Obama but can’t really articulate why. And at some point, this Freudian slip seemed to become benign. An acceptable way to say, “He scares me for reasons I don’t wish to examine and wish you wouldn’t either.”
The future of conservatism. I’ve never been in favor of a toothless opposition, even if said opposition frequently sets my teeth on edge.
George W. Bush. Where is he? What happened to him? Can he stay there? Please?
All photographs from Callie Shell’s excellent Obama photo essay for Time.