I Should Have Gone Out Last Night

What was I thinking?  But I was so tired.  I fell asleep with my laptop on my lap, after checking TalkingPointsMemo, DailyKos, Fivethirtyeight and the Times for the hundredth, billionth time.  I missed some celebrations of the century out there.  I’m trying to repress the self-loathing, but it’s a struggle.

That aside, I tear up every time I really start to think about what happened.  I started to cry reading this Times article about reactions around the world.

Oh God, could it be??  A very intelligent, educated, informed, thinking man is about to take charge.  Barack taught constitutional law!  Hell, our new First Lady Michelle graduated from Princeton and Harvard.  Someone who was introduced as a mentor to both at Harvard said he actually thought Michelle was the one. And then there are the Bidens!  

But someone who doesn’t talk to us like children, who doesn’t see the world as a child, but appreciates the complexities of life, the world, issues, oh hell, freaking everything, is stepping up to the plate. I can’t wait to see who he picks for his cabinet, who he surrounds himself with!! Oh god, oh god, oh god.  The possibilities.  It’s a new world.  Money for science and discovery and education and not just war!! Oh god, oh god, oh god.

Here is Buddy, looking with hope towards the future.  Or a pigeon.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “I Should Have Gone Out Last Night

  1. somehow I found myself walking to the white house at midnight in the rain, high-fiving and hugging total strangers. so Not Me, so Not DC, so wonderful.

  2. JEALOUS!!!! I love that people converged on the White House to celebrate though. I am still berating myself for staying in. Idiot.

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