Yes We Did

There is so much joy in the air today.

I’d like to share two pieces with you: Sarah Jaffe’s report from Obama’s headquarters in Northeast Philly, and Renee Martin’s take on this historic win as a black woman and the mother of children who are set to grow up in a world that’s just a little more hopeful than it used to be.

As morning set in here in Amman, a fellow writer called to ask me for comment on this whole thing, and I don’t think I made much sense at all. I was crying. It wasn’t even embarrassing at that point, I had no strength for even entertaining feelings of embarrassment. I was overcome.

This is the first time in my life that the political process has made me feel this way. I’m still young, so I hope it’s not the last.

Yesterday, both expats and locals of American citizenry came up to me here in Amman and, overhearing my American accent, asked if I had voted for Obama. Early on election day, at the gym, I saw people literally cheering from their treadmills when Al Jazeera English flashed to photos of Barack Obama.

It turned me into a completely different person. A sap.

It turns out that I really like being a sap. Running on just a few hours of sleep, with a migraine to beat all migraines, and yet this is one of the brightest days I have seen in a long time.

Jack Carter on Barack Obama

This is a really cool piece – by Jimmy Carter’s son, no less.

Personally, I’m almost electioned-out, heh heh.

Halloween should have been a break from all that, but it looks like we have no plans after all. Oh the joy, the JOY of having nothing to do and nowhere to go on one of my favourite nights of the year.

And, on a random note, the Gerard Butler weirdness on this blog continues. I shall have updates. Whenever it is I can get it together, that is.