I voted for Barack Obama!

by tamarjacobson

Standing in line. Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. I was there at 6:40 a.m. and already a line of 100 were there.

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Life partner met me soon after and brought us a mug of coffee to share.

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Excitement was palpable. People were talking to one another, smiling, laughing, and happy. As we stood in line Obama volunteers distributed fliers explaining how to vote. Some people had brought their very young children with them, and were explaining the procedure and showing them who they were going to vote for. Even the children seemed excited. We entered the polling booth and I cast my ballot. I have to admit, tears of excitement were streaming down my cheeks as I stood alone in that booth.

Here I am, after voting: Amandla!

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The Obama volunteers generously took a picture of me and life partner after we cast our ballots. Today, at 7:30 a.m., we voted for Barack Obama.

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And, as we drove off, I sent text messages to my two sisters in Israel: "I voted for Barack Obama!" 

And now, I pack my bags, not forgetting to take my Obama Cookies from the Night Kitchen Bakery, and head out to Dallas for a conference. 
(I have some books to sign, and presentations to make) 

As Sky said in her comment: "… and there will be some dancing in the streets tonight!" 

And when I return home on Saturday, I will have participated in electing: 

President Barack Obama.