Like most everyone, I have felt fed up with the 2012 Election. Political ads tearing down opponents, an ineffective bipartisan system, empty rhetoric...the list goes on. And then as I drove home last night, I thought about how I would feel if Romney was elected President. And I realized, I would be sad. And I would probably cry.
Don't get me wrong. While I have a preference, I'm also realistic enough to acknowledge that President Romney would change very little in the grand scheme of things (it's impossible to do so in our two-party system!). However, I thought about how I felt four years ago when President Obama was elected, and then inaugurated.
On Election Night, in 2008, I sat in my dorm room, so filled with pride and joy in my country. The fact that we had a non-white President was a symbol of how far we'd come as a nation. I thought of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcom X and countless others who fought for equal rights. Now, here we were.
The night that President Obama was inaugurated in 2009, I sat in the living room of my Ugandan host parents' small home. My Papa and I listened through the static of an ancient radio to President Obama's speech, barely audible over the sound of the Luganda translators. My Papa was so happy. The fact that President Obama had been elected as leader of the most powerful nation in the world, symbolized to nearly every Ugandan that I spoke to, that "we are one people." Ugandans felt unity, pride and hope for a world in which peace reigned. And I couldn't help but feel it, too.
The night of President Obama's inauguration was a night that has been burned into my memory forever. I will not be naive enough to think that President Obama can heal all our nation's ills. But today, I am feeling so overwhelmed and proud that the USA gets four more years.
If you'd like to read more about the night of President Obama's inauguration in Uganda, click HERE.