“We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you.”
I didn’t realize how invested I was in Barack Obama winning the Re-Election until tonight. When I arrived at the polling location, I was overcome with emotion. I started thinking about what my life would be like if Romney won, and I actually got teary-eyed. To me, the election wasn’t about gay marriage, contrary to what most people assume with me. It was about being able to live the life I deserve to live. I was terrified for my rights as a woman, terrified for my rights as an individual who needs health care, terrified as an educator, terrified as an American, and terrified as a gay woman just starting her life.
When it was announced tonight that Barack Obama won, I burst into tears. I’m more emotional with this win than I was with his win 4 years ago. This one gives me a new sort of hope.
I’m on the brink of starting my life. For the first time in my existence, I am facing my future in very close proximity. With Obama remaining as POTUS, I can also face the possibility of living a life with less worries. In these next years, I can rest easy that I’ll have healthcare, that I’ll be respected as a human being, that I can have a President who I respect, and that I could even potentially marry the woman of my dreams. Four years ago, I could barely imagine having a girlfriend. Now, as I look ahead to the next four years, I see the same dreams as so many other young Americans: I see myself graduating from graduate school. I see myself finding my first “real” job. I see myself finding a love that deserves me, and I see myself actually having a chance at settling down and getting married. I can even see myself thinking about starting a family in the next four years.
I am so incredibly grateful tonight. I can believe in my future again because I have a President who believes in me.
My “HOPE” pin from 2008 still stands true today.