Life is a Mystery

5 November 2008 . 2 Comments

What am I feeling?

Am I happy this morning? Yes, I am. But it feels more complicated than that. I’m feeling wary, ready, urgent, afraid. I’m feeling like this campaign has just been a first step of a long road ahead. Note, Obama didn’t call us to be happy last night: he called us to action. He did not let his supporters (or his opponents, for that matter) off the hook. He told us there is work to do. Work we must all take part in, together.

This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice. So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.

Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers. In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let’s remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity.

He does not let us off the hook. He calls us to serve. Maybe that’s why I feel the way I do. I wonder, am I strong enough? Will I live up to the call he makes? Will we give him the support it takes to allow him to do this vicious job for us while still loving and growing his beautiful family?

He goes on to remind us that this campaign has been about building, not tearing down.

Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.

As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.

Let us take the next steps together.

5 November 2008 . Comments Off on Oh joy! And a font

Oh joy! And a font

I am overjoyed by our victory last night (though still hoping to add Al Franken and No-Prop-8 to the winner’s circle). It has been such a long haul for the presidency, and I so so wanted Obama to make it all the way. This morning I found this wonderful dingbat font from Jeff Domke waiting to help me celebrate!


4 November 2008 . Comments Off on Remember to vote!

Remember to vote!

However you like

(h/t Andrew)

3 November 2008 . Comments Off on Guide to Election Night

Guide to Election Night

Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight crew have done a great job this season, and I’ve learned a lot about polling by paying attention. Nate has published an election night guide over at Newsweek. Check it out if you want to know what to look for hour-by-hour tomorrow.

3 November 2008 . Comments Off on Make history

Make history

Mary and I voted last week so we could be out volunteering tomorrow for Barack and change. But we didn’t quite appreciate how important voting would feel this year. As we left Mary was sad we had not brought a camera to take a picture of our ballot. I was sad when we got home that we had not brought the kids along to witness to history. I think people are going to really want to be part of this moment. They are going to turn out like never before. Tomorrow, everyone can have a hand in a real historical moment. Who is going to miss that?

3 November 2008 . Comments Off on BossO in Ohio

BossO in Ohio

Noelle tells me she got close enough to just peek at Bruce and Barack in Cleveland. Rick got a little closer.

The Boss singing about Youngstown, Ohio from Rick Pollack on Vimeo.

2 November 2008 . Comments Off on Knock-knock


Mary, the kids, and I have been out knocking on doors for Obama, Al Franken, and our whole democratic ticket this weekend. But back at home this evening I found this article on Sullivan’s blog.

Let me make it clear: I’m pretty conservative. I grew up in the suburbs. I voted for George H.W. Bush twice, and his son once. I was disappointed when Bill Clinton won, and disappointed he couldn’t run again. …

So you can imagine my surprise when my wife suggested we spend a Saturday morning canvassing for Obama. I have never canvassed for any candidate. But I did, of course, what most middle-aged married men do: what I was told.

For the rest of this touching story, read the article.

2 November 2008 . Comments Off on 270 to win

270 to win

I like this clear visualization of the task on Tuesday from (click to enlarge).


1 November 2008 . Comments Off on Halloween


Here are our pumpkins this year. We like our Obama pumpkin.

Eric Celeste / Saint Paul, Minnesota / 651.323.2009 /