Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Madame President

I have voter's remorse.

I had a chance to vote a woman into the White House and I didn't take it. Luckily, I am not the only voter so I may still get that chance. But as I watch the Super Tuesday results come in, I am realizing the enormity of this election. Either way, the Democrats will make history and I am so proud to be one of them.

In the early days, I was not sold on Barack Obama. He had charisma and enthusiasm, vision and hope. But I wasn't sure he had what it took to be elected (my main priority) and then successful. As I have watched and listened and read about him, my mind has been changed.

When Bill Clinton was President, I was a defender of Hillary. Now that she is a Senator and a candidate, I admire her. She made a big mistake with giving our current President the power to go to war. But I truly believe she will make good on her promises to make strides with health care and bring troops home and help the least fortunate in our society.

My fabulouso sister (in law) expressed exactly what I have been feeling - "I wish I could just put the two of them together, shake them up, and out would pop the perfect candidate."

Alas, that is not possible, at least not yet. So I had to make a decision. My decision was based o two factors. One, Barack Obama moves me. He fills me with hope and inspiration. Second, the past 19 Clinton-Bush years have been so filled with hatred and anger. I want desperately for our country to move beyond that. I would like to find a person who can rally Americans together so we can once again be a great nation. I believe that Barack is that guy.

But as I watch the results pour in, I can't deny that I am feeling a bit sad about not voting for Hillary. And if she wins the nomination, I will stand behind her enthusiastically and whole-heartedly.

May the best person win.


Laurel said...

It was a tough choice, wasn't it? When I watch Survivor, I always roll my eyes when I watch the contestant hesitating before writing a name down. But that was me in the voting booth today!!

S@L said...

I agree completely. I consider my vote for Barack to be a vote on Zoe's behalf; I think Zoe would vote for Barak. I think Zoe will be happy if Hilary is president. You can't lose either way.