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Standing in front of the jumbo tv in downtown West Palm Beach, it was as though the cool temperature suddenly rose a few degrees.  The blustery winds seemed to calm.  The collective pulse of the crowd steadied.  

Today was glorious.  There is a lot of journalistic junk food – dress reviews, celebrity spotings, dance moves – that you could get fat on, but let’s not.  Let’s hope that we remember the little things – for me, it was the smile on the young girl’s face as she sat on her father’s shoulders, and the little tap dance in my heart after President Obama said, “On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.”  I hope that everyone – regardless of color, political affiliation, religious belief, preference for automatic or stick shift – let today remind them of how lucky we are to be Americans.

Watch and read President Obama’s entire speech here.

What an energy that this day has!  Of course, everybody is talking about the election…the radio, the TV, even my phone has been busy with “Have you voted today?!” and “Go Vote” messages and texts.

Tonight’s results (and…let’s hope it is ‘tonight’) will mean one person’s dreams may come true, yet another’s may be crushed.  In any event, history will be made.  It’s quite a thing to be a part of; this election will be talked about, analyzed, compared to, measured against, etc….  For some, who they vote for is a private matter.  For me, here I am, with a forum (this blog) to express myself, so on this final day of the 2008 Election…here it goes…

I am female.  I support a woman’s right to choose; is a democracy not giving freedom to its citizens?  I am proud to be American.  I believe in evolution.  I want humans to be treated equally regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or religion.  I support separation of church and state.  I hope we, as a nation, regain focus on technology and science.  I am a Democrat.  And, I believe we don’t have to hold the same beliefs to respect, or even love, one another. 

We, as Americans, don’t need to separate ourselves for fear of being lost in the crowd, rather we need to unify to create a better crowd.   

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So, have you voted today?????  How were the lines out there???  Where will you be watching the poll updates??

I have never seen (in person) a President speak before, so I was really excited when I heard President Clinton was coming to Ft. Pierce today.  He is visiting Florida (Ft. Pierce today, Orlando later this week) to campaign on behalf of Democratic Presidnetial Nominee, Sen. Obama – and he did a great job showing his support!  He spoke not only of Obama, but also of Biden and the strengths he will bring to the table.  President Clinton also talked about the current economy (yes, the B word came out – “bailout”) as well as the importance of Florida voters in this election.  I loved hearing him speak; he was professional and charismatic at the same time, and his tone was as if it were just you and him, sitting over coffee, talking shop.  Genuine, passionate. 

But, my favorite line of his speech – “Hillary sent me.” 

The crowd (definitely in the thousands) was stoked (you could feel the energy and excitement), and it was great to see such diversity among the Obama supporters – young, old, veterans, white, black, men, women, children….  No amount of heat or humidity (and, believe me, there was both!) could keep the Obama/Clinton supporters away today!  The great location helped, too – at Marina Square in downtown Ft. Pierce, right on the river!  (Before today, the only thought I associated with “Ft. Pierce” was “Turnpike.”  In fact, downtown Ft. Pierce was easy on the eyes…but that’s another post…maybe.))   

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