While Ray Suarez interviewed Rahm Emanuel for PBS NewsHour’s coverage of the election, the crowd at the McCormick Place broke out in cheers, causing Rahm to break away mid-sentence to see what had happened. (CNN had just called the election for President Obama.)
Rahm Emanuel threw up his hands and belatedly cheered at the news, (and my sister in Louisiana undoubtedly began to cry.) This has been a roller-coaster of an election for us Mormons, and doubly so for us Mormons for Obama. While my faith and hope in the President’s reelection campaign never “officially” wavered, I did find myself responding to his donation email requests more than I’d ever thought I would. So I greet the news of President Obama’s election with happiness and an assurance that the future of our country is in good hands. Four more years is no longer a chant, but it is a reality – even if Romney isn’t accepting it and is still challenging Ohio.
This website and the Facebook group have been an uplift for me and for many of us. I am so grateful for the support and good wishes that we have received from the many Mormons for Obama across the nation and also in the greater world community. I believe I will reflect on this more in the upcoming days. But for now, it is with a tinge of anticipatory nostalgia that I write this post.
But alas, the moment is here, and we have cause to celebrate! So press forward Saints! Let’s not forget the charge to do our part to bring peace, equality, and opportunity to our great nation! Whether this is through our service in Church or in our wider communities, we possess the awesome ability to do good, and that has been evident through this Mormons for Obama group!
I love America. I love President Obama. And I love being a Mormon.