Tuesday, November 04, 2008

For Good

By the time I got out there the party was swinging. There were women waving American Flags in the street. Kids were skipping and chanting "ObamaP ObamaP ObamaP!" Taxis and limos and cars and garbage trucks honked as they went by and the crowd goes wild! A young girl, maybe 18, galloped down the street screaming, "I voted! I voted! I voted today for a senator!" A wacky hipster with his coat flapping behind him shuffle-ran along the sidewalk gathering each of his older lady neighbors in bear hugs. They dance and leap and cry. Pony Express just called to say she had to turn off DeKalb on her way home because the entire avenue is blocked, cars can't move and people are setting off fireworks in the street.

I walked home with her across a packed Brooklyn Bridge on 9/11. I walked home across a packed Manhattan Bridge during the '03 blackout. I have seen New Yorkers do great and wonderful things. I have seen them fill the streets and do their duty and wave their flags. I have seen them move mountains and lift each other over the resulting craters and all with a smile.

This time, though, we are happy. Happy.

This is so much better.

I am so lucky to live here. I am so lucky to live now. I am ready to do the work.

Thank you thank you thank you, all of you, for this moment and all the moments I can now believe will come.


  1. Anonymous1:23 AM

    yahoo!! i love brooklyn! i love the u.s.a.!
    i feel a strange sense of elation and hope i have not felt in a long, long time.

  2. Anonymous5:01 AM

    Thank God he won. I really didn't want to move to Canada. I am so happy.

  3. Anonymous8:09 AM

    my cab going home last night went thru times square. i hate that area usually but last night there was screaming, hanging out of a cab window, and generally happiness and hi-fives. so amazing. so happy to be here and see this happen!!!! yay!

  4. I LOVE that you got to experience that bliss! thanks for calling to share it with me! LOVE YOU!!!

  5. Fort Greene was ROCKING for Obama last night. Truly a night to remember, glad to be in Brooklyn for this historic moment.

  6. Man, I miss Brooklyn. Staten Island was a bit more...circumspect. Although we did elect a Democratic congressperson. Which was nice. An' ah helped!

  7. Anonymous10:19 PM

    We are on the brink of being alive again. The Shrub Dub era was embalming for us as a nation. I have no idea where Obama is going to lead us but, Oh, Baby, I am so ready to give it a go.

    Glad to hear that NYC feels the same.

  8. Anonymous1:31 AM

    Media Guy and I both are still in the hesitant, "Is this really real?" stage. Sigh.

    This is soooo what we wanted, but it's hard for us to feel like it really happened to a certain extent because, like MAB, our new neighborhood, though still in Brooklyn, was very subdued about the whole thing. And we couldn't even make our own noise because we didn't want to wake Little Seal and we're both sick, so we would have just started coughing uncontrollably had we tried to scream anyway. I didn't even hear any honking. And when I voted, the polls were empty. It feels like the neighborhood just skipped the election.

    I'm glad some of you got to feel the joy. We need more joy.

    Yeah Obama!!!!

  9. I can't gloat because it still does seem unreal and I still do feel like we have to keep him safe long enough to carry out his plans for us. To be part of this moment, though, this tectonic shift, has been an enormous joy, though, no fucking doubt about it.