Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A New Morning; A New Country; and Our Fifteen Minutes of Fame!



I am stunned. Even though I thought this might happen, it still rocks me. Did he really just win? This victory belongs to me, dammit. Obama said it himself.

His speech last night, well, what can say? I cried a little and was moved and inspired and felt like I need to go out and volunteer and pay my taxes and not complain. I loved that he acknowledged gay Americans. In my little dream world, I imagine he was a little silent about this ever-growing and often ignored or avoided segment of our population for most of his campaign for fear of scaring off the homophobic, who are, sadly, another ever-growing segment of our population who sometimes have a louder bullhorn. But then, in his first speech, he mentions gay Americans (and straight, to be fair). That is kind of a big deal, people.

When Joe Biden came out at the end, I had this moment of Wow. I can’t really explain but suddenly I thought, I like this guy. I barely paid attention to him during this ultra-long campaign, since there was so much focus on Palin and Obama and McCain. There is a little swarmy on him for some reason, but still, I looked at him and though he could grow on me.

Speaking of Palin, I am afraid that McCain’s loss will be blamed on her. This is the second presidential campaign that featured a female VP to fail miserably. This is not good for women. If they won, I always said I will focus on how great it is to have a woman in the White House (annex). I may not agree with, oh, anything she says, but love that she made history in her own way, and helped fifty percent of the population (that’s us women) in doing so.

However, Obama’s speech did have that committee-written feel to it. I think all speeches should be delivered from a sitting position, with feet up on an ottoman. I loved what he said, but, like all speeches, it just had that sort of memorized soliquy feel. I love off-the-cuff. I though McCain did a great job on his speech. When he tried to hush the booing crowd, I though, this is a great man.

I learned a lot in this election. I also learned that I need to lower my expectations. Me, I just want everything: I want the poor happy, the rich happy, the in-between happy. I want social programs that work and tax benefits that are fair. I want a strong military and money spent on security. I want Medicare and Medicaid to work and I want all Americans to have health care (I am not sure socialized medicine is the way to go, but we need to figure it out already). I want social security to do just this: Provide security. I want fair minimum wage. I want educational equality. I want roads and stop signs and police officers and want to know that if there is a fire in my apartment, a fire truck and able-bodied men and women will be there within two minutes. And, if possible, I want to pay not taxes and make no sacrifices. Is that too much to ask? I loved this quote, uploaded by a friend of mine on Facebook: "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." (Gerald Ford)

On a fifteen-minutes-of-fame note, I walked over to Roc Center with the girls this morning to see the ice rink map. We were on the show! Al Roker came over to me and asked me what the girls names were. Of course, I fumbled it! And then a producer came over to me and asked if I wanted to be on a trivia segment with Kathie Lee at 10:30. I said yes, why not, went home (I had an hour to get ready), felt like I was going to throw up and called Nicole for back-up support. I am not the type that relishes that sort of attention: I can’t even open presents in front of people! Nicole left work to accompany me…and she ended up on the segment too! Kathie Lee talked to us off camera for a while and she was very nice. Sadly, we got the question wrong, but I say it was a trick question. I wanted that damn gift card! More on that later…

I just spell checked this and had to add “Obama” to my dictionary. Wow.

Pictured above, kimono pajamas are adorable as well as dangerous. This is what Avery looked like one morning when she woke up. Not only does it look uncomfortable, it looks like she can choke herself. So these pajamas are relegated to lounge wear. So be careful, because I never thought of “kimono pajamas” as “killing pajamas.” Also pictured, pride flags. Go America.

10 comments:

Meredith said...

Hey, saw you during the Al Roker segment! I was about to switch channels and thought, huh, they look familiar, why? Roker seemed amazed by twins in slings! You looked excellent and like a proud mama! Had I know about the other segment, I would have watched. Congrats!

calliope said...

oh crap- I missed you guys on tv! Think it will end up on youtube?!?!

Melinda said...

It's up on the Today Show website -- I stalked y'all right on over there. After following your blog for so long, it's a little like seeing your BFFs rocking out with Kathie Lee. :)

Now go capitalize on your 15 minutes -- I say stop at nothing less than your own reality show on Bravo...

Audra said...

HAHA I saw you guys with Al Roker! I didn't realize that was you :)

amy said...

i totally saw you with Al Roker too. when they panned to you i thought you looked familiar but didn't think twice about it and when he asked you what your girls names were and i heard your response i cracked up realizing i did know you, well not really, but kinda!

M said...

The thing you wrote about Palin being blamed for the loss - in the Swedish newspapers that I read online she's seen as the winner (ok, Obama is the real winner, I mean that she is seen as the winner within the republican party) and McCain as the looser. The papers even write that it is very possible that she'll be the next republican candidate.
Strange that the view of her in Europe is so different from the view of her in the US.

Susanica said...

Great post about and it's so cool that you got to be on the Today Show. I just went to the site to see the quiz just now and can I tell you first of all that I had no idea you were taller than Nicole and second of all, I guessed the exact same answer you did! I think that you should get to challenge or something!

You all looked great and I loved that Cathy Lee introduced you as the lovely ladies who live down the street and their two children. She could have been all evasive or cryptic but she basically just said here are these two women and their children. It's like you said when Obama mentions people who are gay it just feels so inlcusive!

Next thing you know there will be contestants on game shows like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune who recognize their same sex partner in the audience and actually get to hug and kiss them when they win. I've never seen that happen have you?

Jennifer said...

Ha! i am so not taller than Nicole.I think My posture was just better or my stool was taller. Nicole VERY proud of the fact that she is taller than I am!

Susanica said...

Really? It looks like the people sitting over to the right are seated because they are so much lower than you two. I didn't even notice you were on stools. Yup. Checked again. You look taller because it looks like you're both standing. And what a fun parting gift you guys got too ;-) -Monica

suburban dyke said...

We should try to fight Proposition 8 which takes away rights already granted.
Please consider a boycott of Sundance, Utah and Mormons
http://www.americablog.com/2008/11/why-is-sundance-film-festival-taking.html
or donating money to the Northern California ACLU
http://www.aclunc.org/ .
I am not affiliated with either. I am just trying to make a difference. Thanks.