Obama won! Elizabeth Warren won! I am exhausted but thrilled.
It’s an amazing feeling to know you had a part (and not a small one) in accomplishing something so huge and important.
We sat in a living room with our Northampton core team: Wendy, the neighborhood team leader; Laurel, the canvass coordinator; Jenny, the phone bank coordinator; and me, the data coordinator. We’d been phonebanking for hours–fist New Hampshire calls, then Ohio, then Iowa. I made 243 calls.
Then all we could do was sit in front of Laurel’s TV, hoping it would come out right, obsessively watching the state by state tickers underneath the talking heads. When they called NH for Obama, we cheered: we built that! Same with Ohio, Iowa, and Colorado. When ABC called the election for Obama, we were worried. It seemed too early. We didn’t believe it was real until Romney gave his concession speech. Then we were thrilled, cheering, hugging. We built that!
It was such a contrast to see the crowds at Romney’s and Obama’s headquarters. At one point Wendy had gone to get a drink, and when she came back, she asked which HQ was on TV. Jenny said, “Obama’s. If you see non-white people, it’s ours.” The Romney crowd was so white it glowed in the dark.
Obama’s victory speech was great. He channeled JFK, but (in my pinion) better: “America’s never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us together,” he said. Yes, BY us!
We did this. We built this.