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Voices of Trinity: Obama Election Part II


Here are more student comments from the Trinity community about the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States:

Elizabeth Cook writes:

“I do not believe I realized the impact of this historical moment until I found myself surrounded in it. Many years from now I will tell my grandchildren that one night America changed the course of history, one vote at a time.” “We find these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.” ~Declaration of Independence

Chimere Jones observes:

“Today is truly a monumental day. I am so glad that I was able to see this historic event take place. Barack Obama being elected President is truly a testament to the sheer determination that Americans have to make change happen in this country. Today all of the great men and women that were not allowed to vote because of their race and those that suffered, fought, and died at the hands of Jim Crow segregation are smiling down on this nation. Barack’s election is truly monumental!!! His election reflects the need for change, the want for a different political path for this nation, and a mandate for a more inclusive and diverse America. I hope that everyone is truly able to analyze how historic and prolific an event this is!!!!! On the behalf of all my loved ones that were not able to see this day happen: We did it!!!!!”

Barbara Mickens sent this comment:

“I think this is a monumental moment in not just African Americans lives but all people as well. I am so excited that history was made and that both young and old, middle age alike all came together looking for change. Obama represents a diverse America who wants equality for all not just the wealthy. I pray he is allowed the time he needs to make changes because it won’t happen overnight. My daughter voted in Alaska in her first election at age 19 she was excited and recognized yes her vote does count and when we all get together with a common goal working for solutions to problems then can we affect change in the lives of others and our government. Obama created a great environment for my 11 year old son who sees education, hard work, honesty and integrity can take an African American male all the way to the white house.”

Senior Denise Maravilla wrote a longer, very thoughtful reflection:

“I am in utter shock and amazement. This is my first time voting and until the past recent months, I truly had faith in the American public. I did not think growing up that I would see the day that a woman ran for President and that an African American man won the election. This campaign has truly been the most historical event I will have lived for. My friends and I were all glued to the race last evening claiming that, “I can’t sleep until I find out, this is bigger than the super bowl!”

“I woke up with a smile on my face Tuesday morning, got dressed in my most professional blue sweater, grabbed my voter registration and proudly walked out the door. I did not care how long I had to wait or how bad my feet hurt with those heels on. I just knew I had a mission to accomplish and a duty to fulfill as my first Amendment right allows me to do as an American citizen. President-elect Barack Obama ran a brilliant campaign and he surely won my vote! It took my breath away to see all the different type of people at the voting poll: African American, Latinos, Caucasian, Asian, Native American, Young, Old, Mothers, Fathers, etc. This was truly a moment of change right there. He reached out to us in every way possible and let us know that we could count on him. It showed me that I truly had done my work helping put together a Voter Registration Drive on Trinity’s campus, donating money to his campaign, and even convincing many of my friends to simply research both candidates!

“Watching Senator McCain’s speech was truly one that I will not forget. He spoke good words about Barack Obama. Although his crowd was disappointed about his loss, Senator McCain vowed to work with him for the well being of this country that we all love so much. For that promise, I am very grateful.

“Barack Obama’s speech brought me to tears. When I saw that Obama had won an astounding 349 Electoral Votes opposed to Senator McCain’s 147 Electoral Votes, I was speechless. But to see President-elect Barack Obama walk across that stage hand in hand with his daughter and his wife walking on his side with their other daughter, was the beginning of a reality. He is now the first African American President of the United States and we graciously earn the first African American First Lady to the White House! For the first time, in a really long time, I am sincerely proud of our American people.

“Today is a new day. January 20th, 2009 awaits us in deep desperation, but we will wait patiently because we have fought for change and so has Barack Obama. As President McGuire stated in her blog, “He inherits two wars, global economic catastrophe, profoundly impaired international relations, ongoing severe threats of terrorism, and a long list of domestic priorities largely ignored or abandoned by the Bush administration.” That is what I call a challenge! But we as a people, and especially the young America, place our complete faith in him as our National leader. The number one statement that really stood out for me during his acceptance speech was his ability to be honest with us.

“He said, “I promise you, we as a people will get there. There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.”

“I think back to this year’s Cap and Gown weekend where guest speaker, Journalist and Clinton White House Aide Peggy Lewis ’77, gave us the best words of advice anyone could have asked for, “Don’t just make a dollar, make a difference.” We have come together and made a difference in the future of the United States of America by electing Barack Obama. He has believed in us, he has invested in us, and we did not let him down this election.

“America has definitely spoken. Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama!”

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