Yes We Can. Period.

I am so overcome I can barely type these words. When I heard Wolf Blitzer call the election for Obama at 11:01 EST, I could do nothing but drop to the floor and let the waterworks run. I am in awe of not just this man, but our capacity as a country to choose hope over fear. This signifies a shift that many people thought would never happen, and we are so blessed that it happened in our lifetime, just a generation away from the Civil Rights Movement. I can’t even…

How are you feeling?

Last 5 posts by kenrya

  • Diane

    I was thinking of you last night…

    Don’t you think I want to see if my vote was counted? They still cannot call this state. Sheesh. And out with the incumbent. NC made me proud last night. And it’s the first time my vote could make a difference – if it was counted.

    I’m still a tad miffed on this whole provisional thing.

    This can be a new beginning…

  • Ato

    I was thinking about you as well Kenrya. Today is a great day…. and yes I too got teary eyed when 11pm rolled around and everything on the west lighted up blue!!!! Wasilla barbie and her old uncle were given a good ass whipping last night.

  • Van

    I feel as if I am Blessed Beyond Measure!! Honestly, I feel Blessed because I am alive to see something happen that seemed like a dream come to past. . .silly me!

    I am thankful for the faith and hope that we all have had throughout the last year and we see that with hope, drive and a dream, all things can come to past.

    Obama’s victory is my victory. It is a victory for my mother, brothers, nephews, sisters, cousins, friends, the United States and for the World!!

    Thank God!!

  • Andrea

    Praise His Mighty Name – I just want to give thanks and praise to the One True and Living God. Thank Him for his many blessings and for opening the eyes of the American people to see what a Man of God is capable of and what the future holds. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream……. how awesome is our God who has blessed us with Barak Obama as our President Elect. May he continue to guide and direct him. It’s time for Change and we have to believe and be willing to work hard (as we always have and will continue to) to show what we as a people is capble of. Its not going to be easy and the road ahead is paved with obsticles, but we can and have OVERCOME. Praise God Almighty!

  • Derek

    The world just became a safer place for my son. Now let’s get the hard work done, and teach our children well.

  • Julie

    Ok, first of, I’m terribly happy, happy and exited. Obama is my president!

    I wanted to point out before I say anything else – I do understand the historical, cultural, and etc. significance of Obama being a Black Man who was elected to be our President. I really do, honestly! REALLY, I DO! Not being Black doesn’t take that understanding away from me. But, everyone got caught up in the race issue, and I mean EVERYONE. The media is steering everyone to think that direction… The news on every channel, only thing you hear, “first Black President”, “Obama is Black and he’s a President”, “what does it mean to you that our President is Black?” blah, blah, blah… Ok, stop! Please, think about what we are doing. We are downgrading Obama as a person, as a man, and we labeled him “Black” above it all. I think that it is very diminishing to Obama’s candidacy and persona. I’ll explain why.

    Somehow, the fact that Obama is a smart, educated, logical man, not just Black Man, got lost in the frenzy of the excitement. He is a person of a great character, values, who got elected mostly on his qualities and lastly (from my part, at least) on his skin color. I didn’t vote for him because he is Black, but because he is a worthy candidate. If anyone voted for him ONLY because of his skin color, disregarding his stands, this is just wrong. Everyone seem to forget that he is a representation of a fresh new thinking and perspective. How come we do not stress that???? This is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, isn’t it? The fact that he’s Black is an added bonus for me as it represents a big change and progress in our society. I elected him because i felt that he had right energy, common sense to evaluate situations and make right decisions, and he’s really, really smart. Lets look beyond the race and evaluate him as a person, please, the World would be a better place for it!

  • Magster

    Give thanks and my heart is completely overjoyed! No long drawn out commentary is necessary. Thanks for keeping us INFORMED dearest Kenrya. May we continue to blessed as the REAL work now begins…

  • As a human being I am blown away by Obama. His track record, intelligence, character, calm and steady bearing, and his promise do deliver the change so needed in this country are some of the reasons I voted for him. But make no mistake, the fact that he is black is just as important. As a black woman growing up in the US no matter the amount of strides we have taken in race relations there are just certain things I did not think would ever happen, not in my lifetime. The things our people have suffered over the years, to look back across all of the pain suffering then to look forward and see the dream come to fruition…it’s mindblowing. I’m getting chills writing this. It does not belittle Obamas accomplishments when we call out that he is a black man in the white house. The phrase ‘The first Black president of the United States’ embodies all of his character, all of his intelligence, all of his accomplishments as well as the hopes and dreams countless african-americans. History has been made, you cannot expect such a momentous occasion to be swept under the rug.

  • Shameeka S.

    Yall I am so happy about this victory. Now we need to keep praying for him, his family, and all of our brothers and sisters everywhere. My folks in SC are already telling me about what white folks are threatening to do.
    Also, I have been in a heated debate with one of my white high school friends. She made a statement saying that “She worked hard for hers so you should work hard for yours”….obviously she was referring to being a republican. So I told her that I worked hard, but I still know that we need to spread the wealth. She went on about us being a bunch of “give me” folks.

    These folks are unbelievable…..I mean where do they think the money for the public schools (grade school & college) comes from?! I mean if you really feel that way then don’t accept any government subsidies! I mean NONE (not even for a business or down payment assistance)! I just don’t see why other folks don’t get it. The funny part is they say they are Christians……Jesus never would have said “I got mine now you better get yours”. It is funny how they only take certain passages from the Bible and forget the rest….

    Anyway, my point is…….YES WE DID! LOL!

  • Julie

    By no means, the fact that he is black should not be swept under the rug, no, of course not! i’m just saying that this is not THE ONLY THING that should be mentioned by the media, and this is not THE ONLY THING that matters!

  • Shaleena

    In response to lasts night celebration…

    After all of these years, here we finally are. So many people have missed this moment. So many people have worked extremely hard to get here. HE has worked so hard to get here…but what are we to do now? Will we make this a “black” issue and drop the ball from this point on? Do we feel like out job is now done?

    I think we have to work extra hard to let the opposers know we made our decision based on the positive things about this campaign and not just the fact that he is black!

    Alike all the Americans that voted and now feel like they have finally made a change-I too feel liberated. I too feel like my vote made a difference, like I am apart of a change for America.
    However, I know there are some people out there that think “hey I did my part”! No our part is not done. We still have to back Obama and he still has to prove to us all the promises he has made. In a way he has a lot more to prove because of all the hype. So although, I am excited…I’m ready for that change…are you?!

  • Ronnie

    I am so grateful to God because He decided it was time, and that this is the man for such a time as this and that we will have to look at ourselves in a whole other light. We can no longer call each other the “N” word with a smile, because it is NOT hip and it’s not cool. That it’s true meaning will cause us to blot the word from our vocabulary for good. The Lord is trying to show us something, that we too are a chosen people and we have to start being the kings and queens, princes and princesses we were meant to be before the mentality of slavery was put into our psyche.

    We must also constantly keep President Obama and his family in our prayers. Not everyone is happy about this change. There are some people who are plotting his death, and have been since he started running. They thought that this day could not possibly have happened and they are out to try and stop any further movement because of this change and they think that killing him would stop it, but if God be for us who can be against us? They may slow us down but they cannot stop us.

    Someone said earlier that we should not make the fact that he is the first Black Man to be elected President the most important thing about this election – but let’s face it, no matter how smart, intelligent, or logical he is, there was a time not so long ago when that would not have afforded him much more than a seat on the back of the bus, a noose or a tombstone for even daring to aspire to such! We must never forget this fact. Picking people based solely on their race in not something new to this country. But now that he is in the White House, he will be able to use all of his smarts, intelligence and logic to show the world that the color of your skin does not matter but that it really is the “content of your character”.

    Let us realize too, this doesn’t mean that we have arrived (!!!!) we can’t sit back and think there is no more work to be done, but it does mean that we are in the fast lane. We have to use the opportunities we are given so that in the long run, no one can say that this momentous event, changed, nothing.

  • Diane

    I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of reading this. Someday, it might just come together:

    “So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, its that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

    Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, ‘We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.’ 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.

    And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if Americas beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

    For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.”
    Barack Obama, President Elect 11/5/2008