Barack Obama had saved his biggest Virginia rally for last. For his conclusion, he told one of his favorite inspirational stories. It’s about a long drive, a rainy day and how one person can make a difference. It ends with Obama leading a cheer of “Fired up, Ready to Go!”

Democracy won. Americans were voting in numbers unprecedented since women were given the franchise in 1920. The final polls won’t be in for a few days, but it is totally clear at this point that it was the Obama campaign that got out the vote. And this is only the beginning. We have to reinvent the American Dream. It’s going to be a major job. Fired up! Ready to go!

Thanks Democrats Abroad and Munich International Ski Club for the election party, and thanks Rod 🙂

2008 ballot

Yeah, I’ve got mail! The Washington, DC ballot (you see just a cutout) is rather short. No sheriff. But we do vote for the city council, a senator and a representative, members of the school board and a neighborhood advisory commissioner (responsible for traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget.)

As for the president, my brother Mike thinks it will be a landslide. He says the telephone surveys aren’t reaching the younger crowd, since they generally only use cell phones, and that crowd is mostly for Obama. Hope he’s right! The McCain team has made nothing but mistakes for weeks. The latest scandal is a McCain volunteer who went to the police complaining that she had been assaulted by a black man when he saw she had a McCain bumpersticker. But it soon turned out she had made it up and was just a little crazy. Poor McCain, when he looks at his supporters, what he sees is not a pretty sight.

The other incredible story that has been making the rounds: In Pennsylvania a surveyor rang the doorbell and asked the woman opening the door, “Who are you voting for?” She turned around and called to her husband, “Honey, who are we voting for?” He yelled back, “We’re voting for the n*gger.” So she says to the surveyor, “Ok, well, we’re voting for the n*gger.” Racists for Obama. OK, so what can go wrong now?