Raise your Blue Hawaiian up – A year since Obama’s historic election

Flashback: Euphoric fist pumping, face streaked with tears, an unfortunate back-up-the-booty-dance and a few too many sips of sparkling wine… that was how my evening capped off a year ago today. Believe it or not, I was not yet blogging (I know, seems like I've been here for years already) or on Twitter or Facebook so my primary forms of broadcasting my emotions were to send out multiple texts while dialing furiously on both cell and home phone. BougieMom and I did a modernized version of the twist while chanting, "We did it, uh-huh, we did it, okay! Obama! Obama! Obama!" (You had to be there, it was very catchy.)

After I talked to everybody I ever met, I settled down in the middle of my bed (still clutching the wine) to watch the Grant Park celebration. And then I stayed up half the night watching and re-watching every pundit, reaction footage and news clip available. It was overwhelming. I am a confirmed conspiracy theorist and I firmly believed that "they" would find some way to deny Obama his victory. Still sometimes today, I look up when they announce the President of the United States and think – oh yeah… and then I smile. In the immortal words of Mr. Sam Cooke, "It's long, long, long time coming but I know a change gonna come." Well, he's trying to bring it to us, folks. We are living history.

You may have noticed that I've made a dedicated effort to avoid politics for a few weeks, I just got burned out. Too much vitriol on both sides of the fence. This doesn't mean that I don't believe that each of us are the drivers of change. Whether you believe he is doing a great job or driving the country into the ground, it's noteworthy to take a moment and appreciate the mountain he climbed to get where he is. So today after you get out and get your vote on, take a moment and raise a toast up to the 44th President of these here United States: Barack Obama. Tonight, HBO is kicking off their documentary about his historic election: By the People. Be sure and check it out. Here's a trailer:

Any memories of election night 2008 to share? Where were you a year ago today?