Let me just start by saying that, for me, last night was incredible. When it became clear that our country had decided our next president, my friends and I had the incredible opportunity of running to the White House to celebrate the election. I was outside the White House with hundreds of other kids from my school, celebrating the election of our next president. Regardless of how I voted in the election, it was by far one of the most memorable moments I have ever experienced.
As I stood with my friends in a crowd singing our nation’s anthem, I felt lucky. I am lucky because I not only got to celebrate the election in a memorable way, but I also got to vote. I had a voice in our country’s election. If you voted (which I really hope you did!), you’re lucky too. The majority of the world does not have this incredible opportunity to affect their nation’s election. Whether you voted for Obama or not, I think we can all agree that we are blessed to live in a country that lets us contribute to our nation’s future.
As expected, some of our country may be upset about last night’s results. However, I think it is crucial to keep in mind that such a decision is a direct representation of what the American people think is best for America. Isn’t that why we are the United States of America and not a British colony? We, the American people, decide our future and last night we decided that Obama is the right choice.
If you didn’t watch the results as they were coming in last night, Obama won some very important swing states. The states to watch last night were Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. All these swing states except North Carolina went blue, which gave Obama the push he needed to win the election with over 300 electoral votes.
I, for one, was surprised by the extent of Obama’s win. I was expecting the election to be much closer and I was even expecting to stay up through the early morning as votes were being counted. Such was not the case, however, because by just after 11:30 PM, Obama was the projected winner of the 2012 election.
For the past couple months, polls have been coming in saying that, for voters, the economy is the most important issue. However, some political pundits are now arguing that Obama won the election not because of his economic views but because of his social ones.
This is huge. I’d argue that the importance placed on social issues last night marks the beginning of a very different, more tolerant America. In fact, last night Maryland legalized gay marriage, a monumental win for our country. I’m excited to see our country moving in a more socially accepting direction.
What do I think about Obama winning the election?
I am a registered independent. I voted for the candidate that I thought was best for our country without the boundaries of party lines. That being said, last night our country decided that Obama is best for the job. All I can say is that I genuinely hope our country made the right decision because we have quite a few problems coming at us head-on in the near future. I hope that Obama fulfills the wishes of his supporters and proves wrong the predictions of his adversaries.
It’s easy to get into an “us against them” frame of mind. However, especially at a time like this, it is all the more important that we understand we all want what is best for our country. We’re all together in this and everyone has their opinions about what’s best for the U.S.
For those of you that did not vote for Obama, don’t worry just yet. It’s only the first day after the election and I think we should try our best to trust the judgement of our country. Sure, our country’s judgement could be completely off, but for now let us hope for the best because in the end that’s all we want.
What did you think of the 2012 election results? Do you think this marks a change in our country’s social views? Disagree with anything I have to say? Tell me in the comments below!
Ashley is a sophomore majoring in International Affairs with a minor in English. Each week, Ashley will be discussing current events involving the upcoming presidential election. Check in every week to find out what’s going on in the election world and read one college girl’s opinion on the issues!