Victory!

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How thrilling was Saturday, people? I personally don’t recall a more exciting and electric day to be in New York City in all my years of living here. There was literal dancing in the streets and such giddy, happy energy in the air. And it’s just such a goddamned relief. I feel like many of us were in a pretty delicate place leading up to the election, wanting to hope but fearing the worst, and not knowing how we might begin to survive another four years of T****.  Now, thank whoever you worship, we don’t have to, and there’s still hope for the Senate. What was your Saturday like? How are you feeling? These are things I want to know this morning.

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74 Thoughts on Victory!
    Lisa
    9 Nov 2020
    1:32pm

    I am very much looking forward to seeing what Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, and Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, do with regard to potential criminal charges related to T****’s business practices pre-presidency. Any indictments or convictions resulting they get are not federal, and thus cannot be pardoned. We may see a former president imprisoned in our lifetimes.

    And Trump’s got $900 mil in real estate debt coming due in the next 48 months. And he’s got meet payment deadlines for more than $300 mil in loans that he has personally guaranteed. Plus another nine-figure IRS penalty on his tax fraud is looming.

    Good luck with all that once he’s left the protective cocoon of the White House. The work in this country is still ongoing — we have yet to reckon with the slavery, racism and misogyny that are baked into this country’s constitution — but I’m planning plenty of news breaks to see how things are going for 45 on the legal and financial fronts.

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    Rosemarie
    9 Nov 2020
    1:09pm

    I stayed up all night Tuesday, much of the night Wednesday, and a good chunk of Thursday’s and Friday’s. The whole house was dark except the glow of the desktop and my phone, and I scrolled incessantly in the middle of those nights, wanting to bear witness to the very moment it would be announced. I posted updates to Facebook, taking screenshots of my desktop to document points along this vigil–commemorating and commiserating with the few others who were also up; drank tea; and even danced a bit by myself in my pajamas in the dark, having my own celebration ahead of time in the hopes that I’d will the conclusion I so hoped for. By the time Saturday morning rolled around, I was exhausted. My husband woke me up to tell me Biden had formally won, about three hours after I went to bed, and we hugged and high fived. A moment of true joy!

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    Emily
    9 Nov 2020
    1:02pm

    It feels as if an enormous weight has been lifted. I’ve been teary all weekend. Yes, it’s not over, but finally it feels as if science, rational thought, and compassion can take center stage again. And I’m thrilled that Kamala Harris is our new VP—what an accomplishment and important moment for all women.

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    Jeanne
    9 Nov 2020
    12:51pm

    I have to confess that reading all these posts is making me misty again! Seeing the outburst of national pure joy was indescribable. And then seeing the world ring their church bells and cheer was another level of amazement. I didn’t realize how much underlying stress I had for four, long, ugly years. I know there is tons of work to do. The hate from Trump supporters isn’t magically going to go away. But for the time being I am going to really relish this wonderful moment.

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    kimbersam
    9 Nov 2020
    12:49pm

    There were fireworks here (Los Angeles) on Saturday night and lots of folks screaming out the windows. My niece’s BF (who I really, really, REALLY don’t like but try and be patient with) is worried because “everyone picks on white guys and now it’ll get worse.” (I KNOW). However, I cried during Kamala’s speech. She finally broke that ceiling!

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    Jan W
    9 Nov 2020
    12:42pm

    After watching the numbers not moving for so long, I had to do a quick double take! Tears of joy from both hubby and me . I know there will still be a sh**show until January, but I felt such a weighted relief off my body. I said a thank you prayer. The speeches were great. It is so good to hear that they promise unity in our country’s diversity. So happy!!!

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    Julie T Ngo
    9 Nov 2020
    12:44pm

    Long time fan of yours…I still have my very first issue of Lucky. We are polar opposites in our political views but I am happy you feel better. All the best for the next four years.

    I believe every President deserves the respect of the office and the respect of their constituents. I’m from Vietnam and I have lost family to differing political views with the government. Grateful to be here :).

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      Papersitter
      9 Nov 2020
      1:43pm

      what kind words.

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    Caroline
    9 Nov 2020
    12:49pm

    So ,so happy that I didn’t even mind when my girl ran in to shout the good news while I was in the shower!
    I am trying to enjoy the moment.
    I’ll already worrying about what shenanigans are waiting for us.
    But this is so good.

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    Teresa
    14 Nov 2020
    2:36pm

    What a day that was!!! So many tears. As our neighborhood cheered out our windows, a woman walking down the street whipped out her phone, took a look, and did a quick little jig.

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    LisaR
    9 Nov 2020
    10:04am

    I managed to miss the exact moment of announcement even though I’d been glued to news coverage for days, and learned about it from friends and family sending celebratory text messages. I immediately felt enormous relief, happiness, and hope, and then I heard about the Philadelphia Four Seasons / Four Seasons Landscaping debacle and could not stop laughing. Every time I think about the hotel’s tweet and that parking lot I start laughing again.

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      cw
      9 Nov 2020
      2:58pm

      Plus being next door to a porn shop and across the street from a crematorium. soooo perfect.

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    HickfromStyx
    10 Nov 2020
    12:35pm

    First news that Four Season Total Landscaping is selling merchandise (“Make America Rake Again; Lawn and Order”), now VR furries have taken over the place, soon to be at adjacent businesses. This won’t go away any time soon.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/carolinehaskins1/furries-four-seasons-total-landscaping?bftwnews=&utm_term=4ldqpgc&__twitter_impression=true

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    Debbie
    9 Nov 2020
    9:52am

    I am so relieved and feel jubilant and hopeful.

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    Bobby
    9 Nov 2020
    9:47am

    Honestly, and I’m not joking, I felt better, no really, better, than when they told me the clinical trial was working, and that I was cancer free. I had woken up late, and run into the living room to ask my husband, he said no news, and I said let me just check CNN, and at that moment Wolf Blitzer announced! I told my husband, he said has anyone else confirmed, but before I could look we could hear the honking and shouting in the streets. I opened the window and yelled out “The nightmare is OVER!!!!” one of the best days I’ve had in YEARS (at least four)!

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    Mouse
    9 Nov 2020
    9:46am

    I did garden work all weekend; it was absolutely gorgeous, 75 degrees and sunny here in the no-longer-frozen-north. (Well, climate change is real….) At one point I stopped and sat in the sun with a cat curled up on my lap, watched and listened to the birds at the feeder, and felt….peaceful. I realized that I’ve had almost no mental space for peace for the last 4 years. Anxiety crowded out the possibility of that. So my celebration was quiet, sun, cat, trees, birds, blue sky. Those things are what is important and it was good to be able to remember that.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      9 Nov 2020
      11:04pm

      Sun Cat Trees Birds Blue Sky…..Sounds a whole lot better than Person Man Woman Camera TV!

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    Cora
    9 Nov 2020
    12:28pm

    I was completely exhausted from hauling boxes up and down the stairs and into the van (we’re moving – yay.) when I found out and I started yelling “Yes! Yes! Yes! Sanity has returned!” and I’m not even American. So, in the name of my fellow Europeans: Dear Americans, thank you for voting and ending this covfefe.

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    Hannah
    9 Nov 2020
    12:11pm

    Abrams/Harris 2024!

    I had just gotten off my bike at the supermarket when I heard. I cried with relief. I don’t live in the US and never will again but I still have my citizenship, and my family and many friends will always be there. I hope the reckoning we have coming makes some real lasting change, and that Stacey Abrams becomes a bigger part of national politics. What she did in Georgia is inspiring on a whole other level.

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    Allison
    9 Nov 2020
    12:06pm

    On Saturday my husband’s friend was giving him and our teen sons haircuts in our backyard so it was the first time in days I wasn’t hunched over my phone refreshing maps. After the cuts the guys went to shower and I was alone when I got the news. I jumped out of my chair and ran around our kitchen cheering and crying. So many people I love have suffered under this regime for one awful reason or another and it would have broke my heart all over again to have them go through this for four more years. Plus, A FEMALE VP FINALLY!

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    MaryAlice
    9 Nov 2020
    12:03pm

    My husband and I went up to Silverlake in LA where my daughters live. It was such a joyous, happy celebration. We were literally dancing in the street! So much fun, cars driving through in an impromptu parade, waving flags, passing out flowers, stomping on Cheetos (lol). AND, EVERYONE was masked up and maintaining a respectful distance.It was beautiful.

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    Adrienne
    9 Nov 2020
    12:05pm

    HOPE has returned to America!! My friend in Paris sent me a sound clip of all the church bells pealing and clanging in JOY at the news! Her grandmother said she hadn’t heard the bells ring like that since World War II ended. I am beyond encouraged to have grownups ready to lead the country again, and in Joe Biden we have a man who is accustomed to reaching across the aisle to get cooperation. Kamala Harris is just the best role model for any American girl, no matter what amount of melanin she possesses, and her positivity is going to help us overcome the blackness that ingulfed the nation for the past 4 years.

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    Meg
    9 Nov 2020
    11:33am

    For several minutes after the announcement, I paused to allow myself to believe it was true. Then I breathed a sigh of relief, and danced around my kitchen crying happy tears. I’m hopeful again. I can finally read news other than trump’s lies and the accompanying fact-based refutations. Finally, we can move forward! I hope our elected representatives will focus on what’s best for America, and that they’ll cooperate to not only solve our issues but to move us forward. Our future is once again bright!

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    Janet
    9 Nov 2020
    11:25am

    We live in DC not two miles from the white house. No kidding, I see Pence’s chopper fly over on his way to and from the Naval Observatory most days. Well, as soon as I heard a ran out onto the balcony and started shouting the news to the neighbors. Then I broke a wooden spoon from banging on a pot. Then we walked down 16th street as people started to gather in BLM plaza within view of the white house. The go-go truck was there blasting music; everyone was dancing and popping champagne and waiving signs; there was a huge pile-up of cars honking and waving flags. The best kind of pandemonium. I Face-timed my dad from the street so he and my mom could see the celebration, and he picked up crying. I felt more relief than I thought was possible, considering all the challenges ahead. It was a good day.

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    Colleen
    9 Nov 2020
    11:16am

    Felt like the first deep breath in years. I’ve cried so many times in the past 48 hours, but they are tears of joy and hope. So thankful.

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    patricia blaettler
    9 Nov 2020
    11:16am

    My first thought when I woke up Sunday morning: Was yesterday just a dream?

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    Joannawnyc
    9 Nov 2020
    11:21am

    IT WAS THRILLING!!!!

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    Colleen Paeff
    9 Nov 2020
    11:22am

    My Saturday was amazing! My sister and her family came over and we shared a bottle of champagne and went for a walk around the reservoir near my house in Los Angeles. It felt like we had walked into the first chapter of the Harry Potter books and Voldemort was dead. People were shouting, honking horns, dancing. One guy was in the passenger seat of a convertible playing the National Anthem on a trumpet as the car drove by us. Friends from all around the world were sending me message of congratulations and relief. I’ve never felt such collective joy before.

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    Rae
    9 Nov 2020
    11:11am

    Love reading all these comments! Definitely a day I will always remember. I was out at a public park in my little college town. My 10 year old daughter was having a masked and distanced playdate with two friends. The church bells all started ringing and didn’t stop…the college kids came outside blasting “party in the USA” and “you’re gonna lose your job”…honking cars…we don’t have the crowds here but we had the enthusiasm!There was a giant inflatable dinosaur brought out!?! I was so happy to share the moment with some close friends and for our girls to witness the displays of joy.
    I agree with the analogy that this is like the aftermath of a ransacked house. So much cleaning to do. I see HOPE in this as well because this mess cannot be shoved back in the closet — we must deal with it and there is the opportunity to address issues that can be transformative for all Americans. I look forward ongoing the ongoing discussions with all you thoughtful folks : )

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    AmyM
    9 Nov 2020
    11:12am

    Feeling relieved and hopeful for the first time in years. That constant, nagging dread is slowly fading away. Phoenix is so decentralized so we didn’t have the spontaneous street parties, but we managed to pull together a victory caravan of about 40 cars through downtown in the afternoon with signs and flags, hooting and hollering. Folks out walking, running and dining al fresco joined in the celebration.

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    Mary
    9 Nov 2020
    11:13am

    Congratulations, you guys!!!!!!!!

    There were many Canadians celebrating on Saturday night too, let me tell you.

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      Lisa
      9 Nov 2020
      12:48pm

      I’m Canadian and was living in Europe for most of the T**** presidency: I have lived in the U.S. and have many American friends, and actively avoided entering the country over the past 4 years. I sincerely hope this brings a new era of international cooperation, respect for elected officials, and telling the truth – and we drank bubbly and smiled at EVERYBODY (behind our masks) all weekend!!

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        Mamavalveeta03
        9 Nov 2020
        11:11pm

        Hey! My “Emotional Support Canadian” (It was a thing on Twitter!) is named Lisa!

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    Papersitter
    9 Nov 2020
    11:04am

    I was driving home from my 8 am tire rotation out here in the suburbs of Portland. My apartment is less than 2 miles away, but I pulled over, texted my husband, my sister and two of my best friends and burst into tears and drove home with my horn blaring. At home I called my 80 year old Mom who has not slept since Tuesday and we cried like we did in 2008. I have felt SO relieved that the US now has a chance at turning things around. I’m not exaggerating that over the last 4 years I’ve thought on multiple occasions “well, at least I’ll be dead before things get really bad” The next 4 years are going to be a lot of work and the republicans have already told us they are going to be as obstructionist as possible, so I’m taking a week to bask in the feeling of hope again and then figure out how to help Georgia.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    9 Nov 2020
    10:50am

    I was teary contacting women and saying a woman is going to be vice president. With one of my friends, I did this with a private message instead of her Facebook page because she lives surrounded as she puts it, “by red, red farmland”. As a southerner with the blessing of a college education, I have lived all my life in a region with people who exhibit warm laughter, love of storytelling, making good food, and expressing cognitive dissonance when it comes to disregarding their own dictate to love all their neighbors if their neighbors’ demographic information doesn’t perfectly match their own. So, as moved as I am by the national results, I’m just as moved by what Stacey Abrams has been doing in Georgia. As for celebration, my husband and I did something even wilder than champagne, at least for middle-aged people: we ordered Chris’ Hot Dogs all the way for supper!

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    S
    9 Nov 2020
    10:56am

    I was with my 22-year old daughter having brunch outside at a patio restaurant in the Boston area and we both were relieved, overjoyed, but sort of in slow motion as it took us a while to really take it in. Four years ago, she had just started college and came to my office in tears when Trump won. She was so distraught and I was in mourning. It felt fitting, and rightly so that we should hear that Biden won together and we could talk together about how four years of awfulness – truly awfulness – was going to come to a close. We had swung between sadness and anger for the past four years more times than I can count. It was a momentous Saturday morning and one that I’ll remember forever.

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    HickfromStyx
    9 Nov 2020
    11:03am

    We were stuck in a blizzard that consumed the entire weekend. For the first time ever, we gathered around the TV, beverages in hand, to watch that victory speech. We had no beverages, but someone ventured out in 90 kph wind for this momentous occasion.

    Congratulations! We are so relieved. Reading about and listening to the voter fraud hotline calls was the icing on the cake. My favorite one was the alien abduction with bags of ballots on the spacecraft.

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    HickfromStyx
    9 Nov 2020
    2:30pm

    I want to share a thing that happened four years ago today in my Canadian city. A local FM radio station played R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” on repeat for four hours straight — nothing else, just that song. Today, I want to remind everyone that the last line of the song is, “…and I feel fine.”

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      Liz
      9 Nov 2020
      3:59pm

      So awesome. Thank you.

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    Viajera
    9 Nov 2020
    7:34pm

    It was a good day. Later I went for a nice long walk and only caught the tail end of the speeches. It is great to have respectable leaders again. (I also really enjoyed the SNL opening. It felt good to laugh.) I agree we should be wary about the transition but I hope you will all try not to worry too much. I think it’s a done deal.

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    Sue in Oz
    9 Nov 2020
    7:10pm

    As an Australian who has visited 26 US states over the last 5 years, I’m so relieved and happy for America! You did it!! Yes, it’s not “over” by a long shot, but at least a change is on it’s way.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    9 Nov 2020
    10:55pm

    I know this is very Clinton-esque of me, but it was the only campaign song that came to mind in the heat of the moment: I blasted Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” on repeat and danced around my living room with tears of joy and relief pouring down my face. What a day! I called my friends and family next and virtually celebrated! (There’s a sentence to sum up 2020!)

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    y.k.
    9 Nov 2020
    10:17pm

    i’m at my (very elderly) parents home for a few weeks, helping them w / various issues (money management & home maintenance – never ending), it was pretty quiet in the suburbs here when the Happy News broke. I really wanted to celebrate or just do something to mark this day, after all we’ve been through. Just by chance I saw a Blood Drive sign in our town – so that’s what I did, even though I hate needles and I’m a big baby – and I know this sounds… twee, but it felt like a perfect way to recognize this day.

    I hate to be a downer but I’m really worried about how this will play out w/ Him not conceding. Also, I’ve been watching and reading interviews w/ his supporters and my god, the distance.

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    Linda Boardman Kerr
    10 Nov 2020
    7:09am

    I ran upstairs to a sleeping husband and did a Tom Cruise “Risky Business “
    S L I D E into the bedroom and started singing ! I danced and smiled all day .

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    Alexa
    9 Nov 2020
    9:17am

    It was a spectacular sunny day. I met up with friends, and we walked our dogs all over our small town. Everywhere we went, we saw joy: music playing, flags waving, and people dancing in the street.
    After dark, my husband and I joined our neighbors around an outdoor fire. They set up a projector to show the speeches against the side of their house.We drank champagne from plastic cups, toasted and cheered, and literally wept with relief.
    It was a good day. : )

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    Michele
    9 Nov 2020
    9:27am

    Today, I’m cautiously optimistic and intermittently greatly relieved. I was half dressed, puttering before Pilates when I heard what sounded like the old 7PM cheer. I figured another state came in … maybe … something? My husband came in & told me CNN had announced. I said, “We’re going outside!” and threw on yoga pants, Vans/no socks, and a jacket. My husband is still telling me he wants to confirm it’s true … I told him, “Who cares, this is history! Outside!”. We went out and everyone was in the streets, on corners crying, yelling, banging pots, honking horns. There was even a ram’s horn someplace because, Upper Westside NYC. I just stood there screaming my fool head off, texting friends & family about what was happening where we all were.

    Later I thought that as a photographer I “should” have been out there making photos but just like other momentous events, bad and good, it was more important for me to be IN it and not interpreting it through a lens. Art will come later.

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    Jamie
    9 Nov 2020
    9:30am

    I was at socially distanced masked yoga class with my 14 year old son Bean, who stepped away to go to the bathroom; when he came back, he whispered at me to get my attention, and said, “Biden won!” He’d gotten a text from my husband. We did a silent cheer to each other, and then a few minutes later, a woman came into class with a sign that said BIDEN WON and showed it to all of us. The class erupted into cheers (and I erupted into tears). We stopped what we were doing just then to do a round of sun salutations in celebration, and class was over. When we got to the car, we heard honking and cheers all around, so I drove around for a bit, and thoroughly embarrassed the teenage Bean by honking and cheering along with the rest of Evanston. That evening, we all sat in the living room with champagne for us and ginger ale for Bean, cheering and toasting and watching the speeches. And crying. Lots of tears of relief and joy.

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    Laura Jean
    9 Nov 2020
    9:12am

    I live in Memphis; my husband and I were drinking coffee when we found out. We went outside and had a pajama dance party on the back deck.

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    LMM
    9 Nov 2020
    9:12am

    I, too, was on the street in Brooklyn, waiting outside the barbershop to get my 3-year-old a haircut. Suddenly someone started screaming out a window and ringing a cowbell. Then people started freaking out, jumping up and down, clapping up and down the sidewalk. Then a freaking FULL MARCHING BAND appeared and camped out on a corner. Cars drove by blasting “Celebration.” City bus drivers honked their way down the street. People went in their houses and grabbed pots and spoons and banged them up and down the street. It was seriously one of the most amazing things I’ve ever been party to. What an amazing day. And I love that I was out there with my son and that he got to see it and clap along and yell all the fun facts about Biden and Harris that I taught him 🙂

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    DC Jnell
    9 Nov 2020
    9:13am

    It was a great day to be in Washington, DC, too…also dancing in the streets, cowbells, go-go bands. I got caught in a jubilant traffic jam near the White House, where convertibles with people waving flags cheered for people on the sidewalk waving Biden/Harris signs or “Trump Canceled” ones. The last time I was caught in traffic down there, it was tanks and weird military police shutting the city down right before Trump pulled that “gas your own people” stunt in Lafayette Square. So it was my best time caught in traffic ever!

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    cw
    9 Nov 2020
    9:14am

    I had MSNBC on (which had been on since about six that morning!)––I looked down for a second and when I looked back up they were flashing the Biden President Elect on the screen. I jumped up from the couch, let out a whoop and before I could do much more my daughter FaceTimed me so we could dance together over the phone. It was glorious. Later I began walking to the Capitol here in Austin because I figured there would be a celebration, but ran into a group of ten or so older white men and women non-masking wearing folks brandishing t$%*p signs. I turned on my heel and headed back home. Partly because my 14 day self-isolation won’t be over until tomorrow and partly because I was afraid I would try to punch some trumpians lights out. I fell asleep that night around 9 pm. and slept until seven the next morning. I haven’t slept like that in over four years. Meanwhile, trump appointee, Emily Murphy, won’t sign the paper work that allows Biden’s transition team to get to work (“this paperwork gives access to office space and equipment as well as $9.9 million authorized for a presidential transition” per Heather Cox Richardson––this is normally done within 24-36 hours of an election). Lordy.

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      kimbersam
      9 Nov 2020
      3:57pm

      I’ve dealt with the GSA (not Emily Murphy) in another life. They are exacting as hell, often un apologizingly incorrect and care a lot about dotted “I”s and crossed “T”s. Murphy sounds like a political creature. I just watched McConnell and feel sick to my stomach. The three hundred pound 70 something year-old orange toddler is going to burn it all down.

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      Karen
      9 Nov 2020
      10:22am

      And this is why I’m still feeling a sh*t ton of anxiety. Between the lawsuits and the firing of key people and the lack of transition planning. It’s scary times, still

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    Mindy
    9 Nov 2020
    9:11am

    I think Chris Rock summed up my feeling and many other’s as well, though perhaps not the readers of this blog : “Oddly I don’t feel like celebrating. I feel like Tom Hanks towards the end of Castaway. I’m really happy the ship came but I don’t want to party . I just want to take a shower, cut my hair, eat a shrimp, find Helen Hunt, deliver my last package and figure out the rest of my life”

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      cw
      9 Nov 2020
      10:35am

      I thought the Chris Rock comments were so spot-on. And after I read about Emily Murphy my anxiety returned. The brief respite was lovely, but last night was another sleepless one. Maybe I’ll feel better after the Georgia run-off and on January 21st.

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      Jenny
      9 Nov 2020
      9:38am

      Thank you, Mindy! I felt the same way (except the shrimp). All day yesterday, I felt strangely deflated. I wanted all the things to be better, instantly, to go outside without a mask, to book a flight to see my parents for Thanksgiving, to have COVID just solved, poof! But, no. It’s like we kicked out the thugs who invaded and trashed our house… and now we have to rebuild the house. So, hooray! The alternative would have been unbearable. And… there is so much work ahead.

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      LRGinNYC
      9 Nov 2020
      9:37am

      I think you and CR are on to something. I felt so much lighter on Saturday, and I slept really badly Saturday night. I don’t think this is over.

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        Mindy
        9 Nov 2020
        9:40am

        Not by a long shot. We are just on to the next phase. And it will continue to be uncomfortable for many.

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          Liz
          9 Nov 2020
          9:55am

          Someone was shot and killed at my neighborhood’s Biden celebration in Seattle (strangely, no details have been released about a suspect or motive yet), which was a cruel reminder that even though the bad guys finally lost, there is still so much that has been broken over the last four years.

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          Dana D
          9 Nov 2020
          9:53am

          My Black friends are relieved but not much more than that. I just stay focused on our new VP and take cautious delight in her position right now. It makes me sad to know that tens of millions of women in our age group voted for t**** because they are either racist or they are so angry they don’t know what they are angry about anymore (their husbands? their bank accounts?). Can we help them become less angry in the next four years???

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    CC
    9 Nov 2020
    9:01am

    I was on the street in Brooklyn, buying a tablecloth for a socially distanced birthday party for my little girl, when the screams, dancing, clapping, “yay!”-ing, and honking started.

    I turned to a woman on her stoop and said, is it over?!! Is it!? And she said, no, I’ve been refreshing the maps all morning! So I checked my phone and my friend had taken a screenshot of BIDEN WINS from her tv, set to MSNBC. I showed the woman, screamed, and started crying.

    We’ve all lived under a strain, and it lifted from all of us* around 11:40 am EST, Saturday.

    * “us” may or may not include members of the outgoing First “Family” or Cabinet

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      Mamavalveeta03
      9 Nov 2020
      11:24pm

      I’m crying again just reading this, CC.

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    Amy C
    9 Nov 2020
    3:44pm

    I was at home in NYC Saturday with windows open, no tv on trying to distract myself with some cleaning when I started to hear cars honking, cheering, clapping and banging of pots outside. Turned on the tv to hear Biden had been declared the winner. I cried tears of joy and relief. I have not cried over an election ever. For the first time since covid started I now have hope that this nightmare has an end in sight. What a day for women and all the little girls in this country to see not only a woman elected VP, but a minority woman of color and a child of immigrants. As I walked through the streets of NYC later in the day I could see the smiles behind everyone’s mask. After 9/11 I felt an unexplainable bond with my fellow NYers and I now feel the same sense of kinship that we have survived the last 4 years.

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    MARGARET
    9 Nov 2020
    3:48pm

    This weekend’s news was, of course, wonderful. It’s what needed to happen. But we are not out of the woods. VERY bad people (not just Trump) are still in power, and do not want to give that power up. They will encourage the worst of their followers, many of whom are armed, to do very bad things. And they can still do very bad things themselves. I won’t feel a complete sense of relief until January when he is evicted from the White House. I just won’t feel safe until then.

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    Yoli
    9 Nov 2020
    3:53pm

    I was at the Sephora near Union Square taking advantage of the VIB sale. Not many folks in the store and it’s been so many months since I’ve actually shopped (other than groceries) so it was a treat after the long and exhausting week (months). I was on line waiting to pay when I hear the gal in front of me say to the cashier associate “did you hear, he won?” I jumped right in,”sorry, to eavesdrop-Biden won, official?” “Yes.” At that very moment both my daughter and husband were texting me with the news. I paid and ran out. Made my way through the crowded farmer’s market to the crowd that was amassing south of of USQ. People cheering, screaming, clapping, crying, cars and trucks honking their horns. The crowd was jubilant and excited. You could see and feel the positive energy, sense of relief and joy. I’m a Latina who has never felt comfortable around too many white folks (I don’t mean any disrespect or negativity- have never felt accepted, part of, even with my Ivy League degree. Experiences mark one for life.) However, for the first time in my life I felt like I was part of an “us,” and that feeling was spectacular.

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    Stephanie
    9 Nov 2020
    4:09pm

    The stages of realizing the nightmare was over: disbelief; confirmation; happy tears and jumping; $500 to the GA senate races; and, finally, a raucous spur of the moment party in the middle of my quiet little street in a quiet little Denver suburb with champagne and music and dancing all afternoon. We were like dogs on a beach — just amok with joy and relief. Godspeed, Warnock and Ossoff!!!

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    Catherine
    9 Nov 2020
    4:19pm

    Watching this in Ireland & so happy for America & the world to have Joe Biden as President & Kamala Harris as VP . Also it looks like Pfizer might have a vaccine. So 2021 is looking much better.

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    Elizabeth
    9 Nov 2020
    6:30pm

    I am thrilled, but so anxious , with all the defiance by T and the rest of the GOP. Are there no GOP besides Mitt Romney that will say anything ? Any reasonable Republicans out there who believe in science? Peaceful elections and transfer of powers?

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    Helene
    9 Nov 2020
    10:14am

    Thrilled in so many way! No more Trump! Is it January 20 YET??? A DECENT human being as president! The first woman/person of color VP!!!! WOOHOO!!! Tears of joy! Sure we have a long way to go, but finally we have hope.

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    Mimi A.
    9 Nov 2020
    10:18am

    My joy kept coming in waves, throughout the day Saturday, as new thoughts ran across my brain like the CNN chyron. OMG! There will be competent and well-meaning people in the Cabinet! OMG! We have a woman vice-president! etc. I understand there are many challenges ahead, but just knowing that we won’t have to live with 4 more years of the monster in chief was a huge relief that I’ve been mentally celebrating since Saturday. We watched Joe and Kamala’s fantastic speeches Saturday evening. I can’t imagine what more the president-elect can say in an inaugural address.

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    LeighTX
    9 Nov 2020
    10:24am

    My husband and I were at home here in Houston when I got a text from RESIST that the election had been called. We had a little dance party in front of the TV and my phone started blowing up with texts from our daughters, family, and friends. Ever since I have felt overwhelming relief–it was glorious to wake up yesterday and not immediately wonder what fresh hell would be released that day. I know we still have a very long road ahead but I am thrilled that LOVE WON.

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    Heather
    9 Nov 2020
    10:29am

    I’m section-hiking the Appalachian Trail, since we can’t do anything else these days (I have over 700 miles!), and was doing a section in southwest Virginia over the weekend with 3 friends. We didn’t have signal most of the time, but on Saturday afternoon, when we had climbed to a high ridge, we all had 2-3 bars of service and were able to get the news from various sources. If anyone had come along they might have been amused to see 4 hikers sitting on logs glued to their phones in front of a lovely vista. That night, we had a toast with whatever warm beverages we’d made with our camp stoves. I’m feeling relieved and hopeful, but to be honest, I won’t feel completely relieved until that orange MF is dragged kicking and screaming from the White House, and Joe Biden has taken the oath of office and moved in.

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    Ann
    9 Nov 2020
    9:38am

    My 87-year-old mother was so over-the-moon jubilant, she went hard on the celebratory Champagne and woke up yesterday with a hangover—her first in probably 30 years. THAT’S how great Saturday’s news was.

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    J
    9 Nov 2020
    9:39am

    I was organizing Christmas stuff on a spectacularly warm and sunny day here in the Northeast when I heard the news. I underestimated the relief I would feel and also the size of the breath I was holding. I have felt light, hopeful, and energized ever since. Watching Joe and Kamala speak on Saturday night, I felt again, for the first time in four years, proud to be American.

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