In tears

by Lorin Michel Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:06 PM

I am a proud if frustrated democrat. I always have been and always will be. I have proudly worked to help elect presidents and sometimes I have gone to bed elated and sometimes in tears. When Kevin changed parties in 2004, not because of me but because of the rise of the frightful right, I told him I was sorry. Being a democrat is not fun. We're more caring and less full of fight; we want to help others and not leave people in the ditch; we believe in climate change and that the earth is still round. We believe in people rather than corporations and we don't believe that corporations are people.

We regularly sit in the corner and eat our hair. So I told him, grow it out, baby, and pull up a wall.

Through all the good and the crap, I remain a democrat, proudly, even when I live surrounded by wealthy Republicans; even when I reside in a red state.

I have watched in horror the incoming group of people. I can't quite get myself to call it an administration because to administer you have to know what you're doing; you have to care. I have stomped my feet and screamed and yelled. I have pulled at my hair and gritted my teeth. I have lost sleep. I have and remain angry.

But tonight, was proud. Tonight, I cried. I watched President Obama's final address to the country, and from the moment BJ The Chicago Kid sang the national anthem, until the announcer said "Ladies and Gentleman, the 44th president of the United States" I've been in tears. Barack Hussein Obama strode onto the stage and I lost it. This man, this amazing man, who I worked to elect twice, is our president for the next nine day, my president for much longer. I was and remain proud to call him Mr. President. I was and remain emotional about it.

I cried the night he was elected, too. I remember standing in the great room of our house in Oak Park. Standing because we were too nervous and excited to sit, watching MSNBC, watching the returns, listening, waiting. And then at 8 o’clock, as the polls closed in California, Brian Williams came back on the air and said: “We have news.” Kevin popped the champagne and we cried. We watched him and his phenomenal family walk out on the stage in Grant Park, Chicago. We listened to his acceptance speech. And we cried.

I know I will never see another like him. We will never see a man like him, a president like him; a family like theirs. I can only hope that our son will. Because for eight years I have been proud. For eight years I have felt safe. For eight years, I had hope.

And for eight years I, we, all were able to celebrate and live it out loud.

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1/14/2017 11:21:39 AM #

Do you want to cry? Just watch our incredible President honor Vice President Joe Biden and listen to Biden's heartwarming remarks about the President and his family.

I swear, I'm going to enter into a temporary state of hibernation for the next four years, starting this coming January 20.

It's a good thing I love bears.

Fred Marcin United States

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