Wednesday, November 05, 2008

"Daddy, Who's President?"

Lying in bed this morning, just before 7 a.m., Madison walks in and the first words out of her mouth are, "Daddy, who's President?"

"Barack Obama," I responded.

Ava follows by all of 10 seconds, and the first thing she says is, "Dad, who's the President?"

"Barack Obama," I said again.

I didn't make it all the way to the speech last night, but did set the DVR to record it, and as the girls climbed into bed dialed up the footage.

We watched, and I answered more questions, and reveled in the fact that - this morning - who was going to lead our nation was the first thing they wanted to know, and that the answer to that question summoned a wild scene of celebration and historic significance worthy of America and all it is, and one that utterly mesmerized and captivated two sets of young and curious eyes.


Blogger Karen M. Peterson said...

I happen to be one that's not thrilled with the outcome, but I completely agree with what you said here. It's amazing to see little ones so excited and interested in the process. And it is hard not to feel something like pride when I see what this election means in the faces of millions of Americans.

We certainly have come a long way.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Shannon said...

He didnt get my vote but I pray that he can turn our country around economically. I did find myself feeling proud this morning to be alive during this time of historic is amazing really that it happened. I didnt think it was possible. Cool stuff. My kids also have been asking lots of questions lately and I love their curiousity about it. I dont remember ever caring much about this kind of thing when I was their age.....

11:55 AM  
Blogger A New Me said...

He got my vote and my two wonderful daughters, who are now young women, celebrated!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Dad said...

Just a note of thanks for the "so far" comments in reaction to this post, which really reflect the sentiment I was going for. Definitely did not want to make this partisan or celebratory on one side or the other, just to mark how a pretty big and meaningful moment played out in our little corner of the world, at the same time it was playing out everywhere else.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Heather of the EO said...

Yes! It is BIG no matter what party a person aligns themselves with. I think it's absolutely amazing that kids (even at young ages) are at all interested. It's just plain beautiful.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

That's totally awesome.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

Fantastic that they care. Kids just seem to love Obama. A group of us gathered last Sat. evening in a local attorney's conference room for a call from Obama to 20,000 volunteer leaders. Our local leader was kind enough to include the rest of us and he also included a 7 year old girl who recently asked him for Obama's phone number. She sat quietly with the rest of us as we listened to him speak in his car on his way to a rally. Sat quietly with an expression on her face that showed she understood the historic moment.

I agree that the tone of comments here is exemplary, and a perfect example of the sentiments we need in order to come together as citizens.

6:26 AM  
Blogger jessov said...

Beautifully written post.

10:35 AM  
Blogger breathing in the dreaming world said...

Wonderful blog.
Election night was M A G I C A L in NY, people celebrated in the streets of Soho until dawn!

11:11 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Hey, I'm a little behind but getting caught up on my blogs-- this is so terrific. Especially after seeing the statistics about how the youth vote came out this year... I guess this is the pre-youth vote in the making ;-) Seriously, more involvement with our democracy, at ANY level, is a good thing, right?

3:54 PM  

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