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Building Bridges

Photo by Tim Eckel (Photo by Tim Eckel)
I woke up this morning with a joy hangover.  Thirty- six hours of continuous smiling has taken its toll.

The American voters have spoken and their choice is Barack Obama .  All the struggle , all the marches, all the legislation has finally brought us to this day.

When the election was called at 8pm, Pacific Standard Time, I felt the tears begin to fall, and at the same moment, began receiving emails from all over the country and abroad, just a few words from each, but I marveled at the power to share this moment with long lost friends, some not seen since the late '60s.  All these years later we could find one another and say, "Yes."

My daughters called me from New York, laughing and crying, and held their cell phones up so I could hear the joyous outcry . As we talked, they described a gospel choir spilling out of a church into the streets of Brooklyn, snaking into the cheering throngs.  

Alma Sove from San Diego
November 08, 2008 at 07:28 PM
I"m with you Candace, that building bridges is the priority and not just a nice thing to say to make the other side feel better. Maybe it took the darkness and madness of the past bitter 8-12+ years to bring enough clarity of vision to say that more than one politician should be committed to working well with others viewpoints. Along with infrastructure, our country is in dire need of long overdue bridge building projects. Thank you for sharing your deeply held thoughts and evaluations with us over the last few months. It's been great reading your posts!

Bill - NC from NC
November 09, 2008 at 04:18 AM
@Candace: Nice start - first press conference and our soon to be President manages to take a swipe at Nancy Reagan when he states that he's talked with all former Presidents (the ones living - not the dead ones), and that he hasn't had any Seances to communicate with the dead ones. Sort of ironic that he chose Nancy Reagan as his target instead of Hillary Clinton's for her claim claim to have spoken with the long dead Elinor Roosevelt. I'm sure that was an honest mistake - Sounds as though the first chance to build a bridge may have been a bridge too far.

A Musing Reamus
November 09, 2008 at 10:55 PM
@Bill Glad you got off on the right foot too and managed to take the comment out of context. Can we try to get this together for a week. A bridge too far...gee such alteration leaves me nearly speechless.

Bill - NC from NC
November 10, 2008 at 02:09 PM
@Reamus Out of context, hmmm? I, unlike you don't claim to know Obama's intent, but I do know what I heard. If you want to put a positive spin on it.........please do. I now see that he publicly apologized to Nancy Reagan, good for him, maybe by your account of things it was unnecessary. On the bridge too far comment, right after you ask to "get this together for a week" (whatever that means) - one might think it sort of invalidates the "intent" of cooperation. Barack Obama will be my president in January just as much as yours and I intend to give him the respect that the "office" demands and deserves - unlike the last 8 years. I doubt the dissent against his policies will ever reach the fever pitch that it has been, and that will be good for all of us and the nation. My blog on Candace's article was meant to elicit a response from her since the candidate and person for whom she has openly and vigorously supported, made the comment - not someone from the right. Finally, let me say that your bridge of cooperation, is obviously a bridge to nowhere.

Jesse Thomas from hillcrest
March 18, 2009 at 05:37 PM
Who is paying for your bridges?