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History Is A Nightmare From Which I Have Now Awakened
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This morning I read the Times, Washington Post, and dozens of the progressive blogs, not skipping a single one that dealt with the election, because deep down I guess I still retained an irrational fear that Barack Obama did not, in fact, just get elected president of the United States. After all, in the past eight years under Bush the Republicans have always found a way to get what they wanted, including bald-faced stealing and lying. Could it be true that these moral bankrupts have now been overwhelmingly repudiated by a majority of Americans?

On the eve of the election Glenn Greenwald at Salon said he planned to watch Fox News as results came in, just to see those neocon freaks finally confronted with a defeat of enormous magnitude.

Well, I did switch over a couple of times and to my utter amazement Fox called Pennsylvania for Obama about ten minutes before CNN and MSNBC. Plus I even witnessed the great neocon fascist genius Karl Rove say—before 11 PM—that with the loss of Pennsylvania, he just couldn’t see how McCain could win. But after that eerie strangeness I returned to David Gregory and Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow, etc. Felt like being among friends when the final result came in.

At 8 PM I was disappointed that no sign of a landslide was apparent, and as time dragged on and on I started to get depressed. I simply could not imagine a McCain win, but so far I hadn’t heard any reassuring messages. After all, as one of the MSNBC commentators said, not a single red state had yet been flipped blue.

Two minutes to 11 PM, the mood on both MSNBC and CNN seemed to me way too subdued, which for me was an extraordinarily bad sign. But then on the dot of 11, exactly, came the words….I don’t recall them precisely, but it must have been something like “MSNBC projects Barack Obama as winner of the presidential election…”

I didn’t see it coming just then, no, I was blown over. It was just too unexpected. I thought they’d call California for Obama, and then Washington and Oregon…but BANG. It was over. A done deal. This cake is BAKED!

Oh, the wild cheering in Chicago and all over the country. Leaps for joy, and then the tears on Jesse Jackson’s face, that icon of the 60s and the Civil Rights battles, a man almost lost in that big, exuberant Chicago crowd.

I felt numb, elated, and choked up. Attention deficit disorder nearly paralyzed my brain. Too much input. Hard to accept those rapidly changing joyful images as REAL. More like a dream.

But then, yes, for sure it was real. There were not the usual cautionary words like “This is only a projection, not a report of actual votes.” No, Barack won. And he was in a limo on its way to Grant Park. John McCain was expected to give his concession speech within the hour.

Still hard to believe.

But of course I really do believe. At last. To paraphrase James Joyce, "History is a nightmare...from which I have now awakened."









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I was alone in my room at the Holiday Inn, in Terre Haute. (I'm here running a conference.) I was chatting with friends online and flipping through the channels on tv, and when they called it, I was so incredulous that I had to ask my IM buddies if I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. I felt choked up and elated at the same time, and I wasn't sure whether to jump up and down or fall to my knees.

I ran downstairs to the lobby because I wanted to share the moment with at least one other human being... but I found no one. The television was off, and the entire place had cleared out.

I'd forgotten that I was staying in a Very Red County in a traditionally red state.

It wasn't until I'd watched both speeches, slept, and then woke up to find the entire hallway lined with the hotel free copies of USA Today, screaming OBAMA WINS that it finally sank in, that it was real, that it had finally happened.

Your story makes me glad I was here in Pennsylvania when the news broke!

Auguri!!!
I was glad to watch on TV the good news, and I thought of you and the political conversations we had in Forio.
Ad Majora!

Maestro, thank you. One of the reasons for my returning to America for a year or two was to become a volunteer for the Barack Obama campaign. I had to do something, anything, to make sure that the neocon fascists would be driven out of office in disgrace. As you well know I'm not exactly a religious believer, but finally I got a glimpse of what "Answered Prayers" can feel like!!!

John, mission accomplished! I hope to meet you again, someday... to celebrate.

Maestro, no question that eventually I'll return to Forio. It's in my blood! And I have a feeling that with our new president, the world will gradually become a much safer and saner place.

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2008/11/italys_berlusconi_hails_suntan.php

Maestro, you have doubtless already seen this but here is Senore Berlusconi's reaction to Obama's victory, and it puts a smile on my face.

I still have a videotape I took of him and Allesandra Musolini in the big piazza near Beverello...up close he seems to be a very nice man!

It puts smiles on the faces of all the italian people, except the communists. Their propagand gives a bad interpretation to the ironic, but cordial Berlusconi's phrase (the context and the whole phrase referred to a discussion about the american raxismus and the fact that the new President is black and Berlusconi didn't say "black" because for us in Italy is a raxist noun, but, jokingly, "suntanned". This noun gives the occasion to the communists to open, again, a "file" about Berlusconi's behaviour).

Remember: in Italy the most part of the journals is under the communist's power and the news about Berlusconi are always "particular".

The political life in Italy is more complicated than in other Countries, like Usa, where the influence of the communists was/is only a ghost of Mcarthur and where the democracy is a normality.

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