I am a 34-year-old Black Woman married to a 45-year-old White Man. The 2008 election was the first time either of us had voted in our life. To some that may seem strange I know, I guess I figured they would put whom ever they wanted to see in office. However there was something different about this man with the “Yes We Can” slogan that started pulling at me. I started to wonder, “Can we make a change? Can we make a difference? Can we?” And all I kept hearing was “Yes We Can!” Now my grandparents who are still both alive where born during a time when Black people where only considered to be three-fifths of a person. I thought about that and what this President could mean not only me but also my family, so I registered to vote, I also registered my husband. If there was a possibility that our vote really counted, that we really could be heard now was the time to become proactive.
Some may think that we where only doing it because he was Black, in fact I had many friends ask me that very question. I won’t lie a good part of it was for that reason alone but that was not the only reason. I truly researched this man, his goals, his accomplishments as well as his shortcomings. It was within my research I truly started to believe that this was the man that could make a difference.
We casted our vote for and waited in anticipation with the rest of the world for the November 4, 2008 results. Good heavens… Oh my God… He won… Obama won! I was speechless, almost dumbfound. The “Yes We Can” man won! We had witnessed history. My husband embraced me and said, “See… we can make a difference!” Now I don’t know exactly what role our vote played, and I don’t know who else voted for him. All I do know is a change had come and his name is Obama!
The morning of January 20, 2009 we awoke and sent our 11-year-old son off to school. My son is Black. Before he left home I reminded him of something I had told him millions of times over “You can be anything you want to be!” But this time I added “Including President! ”When my husband returned from taking him to school we watched again in anticipation, but this time we where awaiting him to take the Presidential oath. As I looked on from home, my eyes started to fill with tears and I could fill my heart start to swell. I could hear angelic angels, I imagined them rejoicing singing songs of praise. With his right hand raised and his left atop a bible he was officially sworn into office.
Later that day watching television I keep on hearing Black spectators asked the same question “Did you ever think you would live to see the day we would have a Black President?” As a Black Woman I was offended but as a Black Woman married to a White Man I was insulted! But in comfort my husband said to me “We don’t just have a Black President we have a Man who is Neutral!” I think people forget that he is of both ethnicities Black and White. At that moment I realized that maybe this is exactly what our weeping Nation needed in order to move forward a Neutral party.
Nothing can erase the hurt and pain that has taken place in our past history. But it is just that “PAST HISTORY!” January 20, 2009 the beauty of this day is something that will live on in our Nations history forever. Before the question was “Can we?” Then the thought was “Yes we can!” With the swearing-in of Barack Obama as our 44th President we now know that “Yes we did!” God Bless Our Nation for we can, and we will overcome!
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