Election Day in Washington!

Election Day in Washington!

Well, the day we’ve all been waiting for has come and gone. In case you hadn’t heard, the United States of America has elected President Barack Obama to stay in office for the next four years. I was fortunate enough to get to witness this historic day in our nation’s capital, and it’s a day I won’t ever forget.

 

Tuesday felt like the longest day of the year to me. I couldn’t wait to participate in the festivities after work, and find out the results of this election. Since I’ve been following it closely, I’ve been researching the Senate candidates from ‘toss up’ states, and a few representatives. From my home state of Massachusetts, the incumbent John F. Tierney, to everyone’s surprise, was reelected to the House of Representatives (he had my vote).  He is the representative from the 6th district, which is my area.  Elizabeth Warren is now senator, triumphing over the incumbent, Scott Brown.

 

Overall the outcome was obvious; the Democrats all but swept this election.  As a Republican -- yes I know, shocking -- I was not entirely pleased with the results, but I do have to say that I really enjoyed election night. All of Washington was abuzz. All of Washington is also apparently incredibly liberal. My friends and I went to a restaurant to watch the election live on television. Fox News was impossible to find on the screens, but if I didn’t know better I’d have thought MSNBC sponsored the establishment. I actually am happy with any channel that will give me news; I just found this very interesting.  Every time Obama would win a state, the entire restaurant would stand and erupt in a round of applause and cheers. As you can imagine, when a state went red, all that could be heard was booing. This is probably why Obama won Washington D.C. 91.4 percent to 7.1 percent. When Ohio came on screen, I experienced excitement and anxiety, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt this way. It was very close, but again, we all know how it ended up.

 

I had my own hidden agenda for wanting a few more Republicans in office than were elected: my roommate works for the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee), and I assumed he would never let me live these results down. Turns out I was right. Luckily, it’s all in good fun, and we can disagree and still be friends (and live together). That’s what politics is all about to me more than anything. It’s important to learn to listen to other points of view, and to realize you’re not always right.

 

Coming to Washington has helped me appreciate other opinions, and this was a very valuable skill to obtain. Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets once said, “You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.”  It’s important to understand that you don’t know everything, and there is always something to learn.

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