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Geez, I told you all he would win.

What were you so stressed about?!

Honestly, I still can’t quite believe it. I was so inspired by President-Elect Obama’s speech last night. This guy gets it. No matter what our differences, we all want to be one, united country.

I thought McCain was enormously gracious and if he had run his campaign more like that concession speech, this would have been a very close race.

I know how you McCain supporters are feeling today. It’s spirit crushing to have your candidate lose. Every time we visit Rick’s relatives in Boca, I still have to suppress the urge to start counting chads from the 2000 race.

But know that voters elected a leader who wants to bring this country together and move it forward. Obama is not interested in celebratory campaign speeches. He’s not interested in sticking it to the Republicans. He’s not interested in a divided America.

As Obama said himself last night, “And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.”

I was going nuts yesterday.  Just nervously and optimistically waiting all damn day.

I put on the TV around 5 pm and CNN finally broke in with BREAKING NEWS.

At last…. EXIT POLLING DATA.  Exit polling data is like Halloween candy for political junkies.

So they turn to their fancy voter analysis board and here come the numbers….

It looks like 62% of voters care about the economy!

What?! What kind of stupid breaking news is that? Of course, a large percentage of us care about the economy.

I want some projections. Who’s winning this election?!

So then I called my husband Rick at Fox 5 for the inside scoop and he, too, agreed that a lot of people are worried about the economy. I guess he has access to the same polling data as CNN.

Finally, I checked in with my boyfriend Republican Joe Scarborough on MSNBC. At 7:05 pm, he said it’s pretty much over for McCain. Joe wouldn’t lie to me, would he?

And then it finally starts to really happen. Those states started turning blue. The most lovely, amazing, perfect shade of blue.

By this morning, it seemed like a crazy, hazy, impossible dream.

Dylan celebrated by wearing my Obama glasses and her purple swim cap.

Because she always likes to usher in a new era with the appropriate head piece.

And it really is a new era.  A time in history where America’s reputation is restored in this world and change is truly possible.

Oh, and breaking news for Joe the plumber.  Better go get that plumbing license. Sorry buddy, but you aren’t headed for the White House.

57 Responses to was i drunk last night or did this really happen?

  • Jennifer says:

    Is it really real? I mean, REALLY? I still can’t quite believe it. Though I also can’t stop crying, so I guess my heart knows what my head can’t quite believe. I feel HOPE that I haven’t in such a long time. Change! This changes everything. We’ve been waiting so long and…wow. Is it real?

  • Becky says:

    I have been checking you all day to see what you would say!!!

    WE DID IT! America SPOKE and for the first time in a LONG time, I am proud of this country!!!

    thank you for all your work Kelcey!

  • Stacey says:

    I checked your blog last night to read your reaction. Kelcey you were among the people Obama mentioned in his speech. You should be especially jubilant for all your effort. What a historical moment for us all. I sobbed during his speech and felt such a new sense of optimism that I hadn’t felt in so long. Change has come!

  • Diana says:

    Isn’t it awesome!?! You are so right about McCain’s concession speech. I’ve heard several people say the same thing.
    Oh, and that swim cap rocks!

  • kristen says:

    i can’t believe it either, worried this morning when i woke up that somehow there was some change…breathing again. finally.

    i love your girl’s mad sense of style -she’s got it going on.

  • Becky says:

    Okay, Kelcey, I am holding you to your campaign promise of no more politics after November 5. You’ll have to come up with a new and lighter topic for tomorrow’s blog!! Can’t take any more!!!

  • Diane says:

    I had a very unique underwhelming experience about our presidential race – I was on a flight from Dallas to Frankfurt when the winner was announced – I heard it from a fellow passenger in an ‘as told to’ moment. So – the world does NOT revolve around the United States as we are led to believe. My best wishes to candidate-elect Obama – we are the finest country this world has ever seen – I hope he can maintain this tradition and he has my support, even if he did not have my vote.

  • Portia says:

    Words cannot express the way I felt as history was made last night. I knew that when Ohio and PA turned blue it was a wrap for McCain.
    It feels extra special to know that I had a part in this…actively volunteering for the Obama campaign since the primary race.
    Martin Luther King’s dream has finally been realized…Last night America elected a man for president not based on the color of his skin but by the content of his character. I am so proud of us as a country. The tears just keep flowing.

  • Bitsy says:

    I love Dylan’s cap. Did she chose purple on purpose? Not red or blue? Go girl!! Congratulations Obama girls! It is pretty cool that we finally have a black president. Even if he is a democrat.

  • Erin says:

    i like this: And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.”

  • myhouseof6 says:

    yes kelcey, it is a heartbreaking feeling to lose. i do hope what obama promises comes true, and i do hope he governs from the center, what a positive difference that could make.
    one thing. the problem most republicans have with liberals is that when somebody gets ahead, they are beat down or punished for it. joe the plumber is a fantastic example.
    he did nothing but ask an innocent question. obama was called out on something that scared american’s and he used his power in illegal ways to destroy his life. joe was simply successful, and now democrats (even you kelcey) are making fun of him. how uniting is that?
    maybe if obama “hears our voices and needs our help, and will be our president too” he can start by not making life hard on those who work hard to get ahead.
    i can’t change what happened, i am happy for the historical importance of this election, it makes me proud to be an american. i am fearful of the loss of morality, and i will just have to take care of my own family in that regard.
    congratulations to his supporters, you worked hard and deserve to enjoy your win.

  • Marinka says:

    Myhouseof6–what loss of morality are you fearing? Because I do not think that one party owns a moral imperative.

    I think that Obama is a subtle thinker, and to me, it is refreshing to have a President who can speak English in full sentences.

    I am thrilled. The screaming outside my window and the honking was insane. And fantastic.

  • Kelcey says:

    House of 6 –
    John McCain was campaigning with a man that has no plumbing license, owes back taxes and perpetuated the ridiculous notion that Obama is a threat to Israel. That’s what I am making fun of. I am in no way making fun of someone because they are successful.

    John McCain is a respected senator – he did not need to use a “Joe the Plumber” gimmick to try to get elected. I wish Joe the Plumber every success in the world. But he certainly doesn’t belong in the White House, helping to run our country.

  • Mama Bee says:

    Thank you, Jesus, he won!! 🙂 I still can’t believe it! And I’m amazed at my ten-fold increase in patriotism since yesterday – I finally feel like I am part of a community/country I can be proud of!

  • stephanie says:

    myhouseof6 – I am a supporter of Obama because I took the time to read both of his books and to educate myself on who Obama is and his beliefs/ideas/goals/wants for this country. In all fairness, I also researched McCain. Obama better fit my ideals of the kind of president this country desperately needs right now. Please know that I have a lot of respect for Senator McCain but I didn’t feel he was able to lead this country to a better place.

    Do not expect miracles to happen. Obama has a long road ahead of him and it will not be easy to re-direct this country. There has been much damage done and it will take years and years to repair it.

    I hope, in time, you are able to see what millions and millions of others see….a brilliant man who is going to help repair this nation and lead us in a better direction.

  • stephanie says:

    Oh and I really do agree with Kelcey…McCain’s speech was very classy. Had he run a campaign like that speech, things would have been a lot closer. It was nice to finally see the McCain I was accustomed to.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Myhouseofsix; don’t fret. Morality is alive and well in San Francisco. The proposition to decriminalize prostitution lost, the one to rename the S.F. sewer plant to honor current President Bush failed, and the ban on Gay marriage passed in the State. Maybe we’re turning into a Red State…I’ll have to move.

  • Sandrine says:

    I just can’t stop tearing, it’s HUGE. Tengo wanted to wear all blue yesterday I should have seen the signs!!! Friends and Family abroad have been crying as well, so much inspiration and hope. There is a lot of respect out there for the American people and everybody should be proud of that red or blue. It takes an extraordinary man to do what Mr Obama did last night.

  • MN Mama says:

    I am not that old but I have to say that I never thought I would witness such an amazing time in history as I did last night. It was truly beautiful. Honestly, it did not matter who I supported in the campaign. Thinking about the crazy governor election in Louisiana during college, I just did not think I would see a black man be president. I am proud there has been such change in my lifetime.

  • Jessica says:

    Had McCain chosen a different running mate the election would have been VERY different. The outcome could have been different too, I suspect. While I did not vote for him, I thought McCain was eloquent and gracious. Truth be told I felt badly for him. And I feel badly for my congressman. Shays was ousted by a former Goldman guy… like we need another one of those… I will bite my tongue and be gracious too. But do you know what REALLY made my day? It was when I turned on MSNBC (and he’s MINE, MINE, MINE btw…) and Mika didn’t have her Venti white and green cup… she had a red cup. A REAL RED cup! Oh how happy and excited and giddy I get when I see Starbucks’ Red Cup! I had to see if it was indeed true. And it was! I got my first Red Cup of the season today… It really was a good day!

  • Stacey says:

    MyHouseof6, I’m a registered Republican who voted for Obama. I voted for Obama because I’m tired. Tired of the message of fear. Fear that our taxes will be raised, tired that our values will be compromised and just tired of fear itself. Our country was founded on the basis of hope and venturing into the unknown for the sake of change and a better life. We have become a country gripped in fear and it’s paralyzed us. I’m not saying there aren’t real things to fear in and the world of radical terrorists but the best defense against terrorism is restore America and it’s economy. It’s time for a change. We can keep our conservative views because quite frankly family values and morality is a lesson taught to our children by us not the government.

  • Michelle says:

    That Dylan is such a fashionista! It’s a shout out to Obama with a nod to Michael Phelps, that kid is in touch with the times.

  • It’s like a dream, isn’t it? All those people dancing in the streets in all those cities? The worldwide acclamation? It can’t be real, can it?

    I first started to believe it could happen when he flipped Ohio.

  • PAPA says:

    You’re right yesterday was pure magic.
    And you’re right about McCain. It was the first time he didn’t appear stiff.
    Too little, too late.

  • Cathy says:

    I was so amazed by Obama’s speech. He was so gracious about winning this history making election. This country has so many problems that need to be fixed and he acknowledged right away and is hitting the ground running. I have some confidence in the leader of the free world for the first time in 8 years.

  • Robyn says:

    All I can say is, WOOOO-HOOOOO!! Although, you were so confident, I don’t know what I was worried about!!

    And I will be SO happy to NEVER hear from Joe the Idiot again.

  • Patrick says:

    Finally, the John McCain many of us admired re-surfaced Tuesday night. Far too late. During the campaign, I missed the McCain we had grown to know and respect. Eight years ago, when he had been trashed and slandered by the Bush policical operation, he spoke out loudly against the slime and lies tossed his way by W – then did the same and more to Obama this year. And, before winning the nomination, McCain maintained his position, strongly and proudly, as someone willing to break with the narrow and divisive policies of his party – then closed ranks with that same party and abandoned the independence that had captured the attention of independents and many Democrats. And, McCain chose, quite unbelievably, to give up (by selecting Sarah Palin) what arguably was his strongest campaign card, that he had vastly more experience than Barack Obama. And finally, McCain revealed that his campaign’s headline (“Country First”) was just a marketing slogan, not a guiding principle, when he selected an individual as his running mate who most Americans agreed was not remotely qualified to lead the country if necessary. If McCain had not done all of the above, the election result might well have been different.

  • JoLynn says:

    I had to read what housof6 said because she gave me a hard time reguardng the election. still sound’s like she did……….and I feel embarrasment for
    Joe the Plumber!!!How stuped to include him in a campain!!!

  • ewe_are_here says:

    “I thought McCain was enormously gracious and if he had run his campaign more like that concession speech, this would have been a very close race.”

    Actually, the popular vote was a whole lot closer than the electoral college would have you believe. So I’m glad his campaign didn’t live up to his concession speech. 😉

  • Louis says:

    I too am a Republican who voted for Obama (after much prodding from a very concerned and highly motivated liberal friend). I don’t agree with Obama on many issues but the prospect of a VP Palin was far too scary. We are learning now that she is even less competent than we thought. Even my 9 year old daughter knows that Africa is a continent.

    House of 6 — In my opinion the government should not be in the business of legislating morality. Lets leave that up to parents. Conservatives should be calling for less government intrusion into our lives, not more.

    It’s a good time to be an American – whatever color your political stripes are.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Houseofsix – I still can’t move from California to the bible belt. We still have legalized pot, nude beaches, and Prop. 13 (limits raising property taxes to 2% a year). We have great weather, a live-and-let-live attitude and the Terminator for a governor. The bible belt will have to wait till I get Alzheimers and I forget why I’m so happy here. I thank you anyway.

  • I have been moved every day of this campaign simply by what Obama has done for this country…he has asked all of us to think beyond ourselves and our lives and to CARE again about what it means to be American. I am proud that people registered to vote in record numbers, some for the first time in their lives. It’s not about who they voted for, it’s about caring enough to go. I feel that we have all been so tuned out for so long that we lost our way. I’m proud to have elected such a enigmatic leader and only hope that he turns this tide of caring and optimism into something productive and long lasting. How many of us have the Indian take out phone number programmed into our cell phones, but not our state senators? We can make a difference, each of us, with our voices. That was evident Tuesday night. President Obama…sounds good, doesn’t it?

  • Allison says:

    Aunt Marcia…WOW? You have legalized pot AND the Terminator??? Maybe I would have been an Obama supporter as well if I was always stoned…

    You do have it made out there, don’t you?!?!!? 🙂

  • myhouseof6 says:

    aunt marcia – im on priceline right now – coming to visit you and the terminator for a little smoky treat and libation.

    louis – i couldn’t agree more that they need to stay out of our hair. the values i am speaking of are regarding what is on the agenda to be taught in public schools – keep ethics out of there! and the horrid freedom of choice act which obama is chomping at the bit to sign. why is it a good idea to allow a 16 yr old to have an abortion without parental consent when she can’t even take a tylenol at school without consent? seriously.
    im not bitter – just fearful, as im sure libs would be if a conservative was put into office.
    i do SO hope he is who he says he is, although my gut tells me different. i was not shocked at all when he started backpedaling already on the whole tax cut thing.
    jolynn – i apologize if i offended you, i can’t remember what i said at this point.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Myhouseofsix – Just because teens can’t take a Tylenol without parent’s permission, DOESN’T MEAN IT’S RIGHT. The government is so up our ‘tushys’ now, they’re suffocating us with rules/laws/insane control over our everyday activities. Growing up in NYC, I was sent to the store to purchase cigarettes for my father when I was 8 years old. They weren’t under lock and key; and you didn’t have to show I.D. to prove you were over 18. We all know smoking is bad for us; but it’s our decision to do it or not. Helmets on little children riding a tricycle? No wonder the government runs in the red all the time. Every new law demands the money to enforce it. Can’t drink till you’re 21, but you can join the Armed Services and kill or be killed..the government says so. I’m a Libertarian…less government in my life please…stop protecting Me from Me…

  • Melisa says:

    The only thing that could make this better would be gracious losers. I have heard so many awful things about the president-elect, it’s downright disgusting and sad.

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