I knew yesterday would be a tense day at work. Obama had done what no other black man has done, win the presidency of the United States. I cautioned my daughter1 to not talk politics nor to discuss the election; she accompanies me many days. What I didn’t expect was the level of hatred that I encountered. As I walked up the stairs to the dispatch office I passed the AM dispatcher. She told me she was on her way to MVD to get plates for her car. She was leaving a full hour early. No one begrudges her the time, she often is answering the phone when drivers call in sick or dealing with an accident on the weekend remaining essentially on call even when she’s not at work.
Leading up to the election, I heard how Obama was going to be assassinated, that there would be riots in the streets and gun sales were up. I dismissed most of this as ramblings of conspiracy nuts. At least one plot appears to be true with the arrest of two hate mongers. I was not prepared for the full on ignorance and roiling hatred that I would encounter once I got to work. One of my coworkers listens to Rush at an obnoxious volume. On some days I tell him there is a squeal on the radio and he changes the station. Some days I mean the feedback because the station doesn’t come in very well, some days I mean the bile that spills from Rush’s mouth. Yesterday, at least two coworkers were immersed in the Limpbaugh hot tub of hostility. Limpbaugh, gnashing and baring his teeth like a rabid hyena, started before Obama takes office by ripping apart his acceptance speech.2
“There will be setbacks and false starts.”
Limpbaugh’s excitement can barely be contained,
“he’s backpedaling and telling us that he can’t do the job!”
He next dissects
“But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.”
flubbering and blustering about with that line. No Limpbaugh, even if you think that you speak for god, or that your talent is on loan from god, you do not. If your talent is on loan from god, then your god is an idiot. Obama will rightfully not listen to hate speech as spewed by festering pustules such as yourself. No discussion with you will be productive.
Another coworker, near tears of anger, professed that she couldn’t believe that that communist won, gas prices are gonna go through the roof. I’m surprised she didn’t call him a terrorist while she was at it. The GOP was slandering Obama with that.
Whether McCain quietly weeps into his wife’s shoulder over his defeat or he truly believes his own concession speech3 I do not know. McCain has called for us to work together,
“I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.”
While I stoically watched both speeches on election night, I refused to believe that Obama had actually won – my skepticism that the Help Americans Vote Act would turn out a clean election tempering any elation that I could have had. Now, thinking back on the hope of Obama’s speech, I get misty-eyed and a little choked up much like I imagine Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s followers must have done. It’s too bad McCain’s rabid, bigoted, self-righteous and venomous followers could not hear the inspiring words of McCain’s speech. They certainly did not hear the optimism of Obama.