Monica Bielanko
A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Wednesday
Jun042008

This Is Our Moment

Because I have contributed to the Barack Obama campaign several times I am on his mailing list. I get a few emails a week and every now and again one of them is from Barack. I really get a kick out of this because his name is in the sender column when I check my emails. Like, there's one from Mom-In-Law Marian, one from Serge, there's spam and oh look! My friend Barack just emailed! Here is what he had to say yesterday:

Dear Monica, (oh B! you're such a charmer.)

I'm about to take the stage in St. Paul and announce that we have won the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

It's been a long journey, and we should all pause to thank Hillary Clinton, who made history in this campaign. Our party and our country are better off because of her.

I want to make sure you understand what's ahead of us. Earlier tonight, John McCain outlined a vision of America that's very different from ours -- a vision that continues the disastrous policies of George W. Bush.

But this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past and bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

It's going to take hard work, but thanks to you and millions of other donors and volunteers, no one has ever been more prepared for such a challenge.

Thank you for everything you've done to get us here. Let's keep making history.

Love Always, (okay so I made up the love always part. but he would totally say that if he knew me)

Barack

Dude won the nomination last night. Did you hear that speech? I cried. Could be the hormones. I mean, I was blubbering at Bawitaba last week. But still! Although it isn't his race it's the man - GodDAMN but it's exciting to see a black man become President. It's exciting to believe in our country again and agree with what the man who is going to be President says. My child will grow up in a better world, one that's taken a giant step forward with a woman and a black man battling for the presidency. I've gotten so used to eye rolling and mocking during presidential speeches, so used to parsing Bush's mumbling fear tactics and transparently ramped up patriotisms as an excuse for war. Obama at the podium compared to Bush or Mccain makes those old guys look like a coupla short bus candidates. If you think dude's an empty suit you're just listening to douchebag rhetoric. This man is America's last, great hope to get it right. He's explained his policies on war, healthcare, the economy just as well as Mccain "the experienced one". Anymore, experience in Washington is a bad thing.
And Jesus, it's just nice to feel inspired again: