Last nights Victory speech was a brilliant one. I had goosebumps through most all of it... but it was the point when the President of the United States, newly re-elected to 4 more years (let that sink in for a second).....
It was when he hit the following stride of his speech and included the LGBT community in a speech of this magnitude... that is when I was totally in tears. A cathartic moment of release at being recognized by my government as having worth. I reacted similarly when President Obama stood up for gay marriage as well.
It might sound silly to have such a reaction to a couple of "statements" not legislation, but these are statements previously only dreamed of but never a reality for so many of us. I often wondered if I would truly ever see a President that stood up not just for 80% of my views but 100% of my views, and all of my rights. That question has been answered and received with tears of joy and hope.
"I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you're willing to try.
I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We're not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.
And together with your help and God's grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.
Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States." ~POTUS Barack Obama 11/07/2012