In case you haven’t been following the election coverage – this just in: Women won. Last night we voted against “Mittens” Mitt Romney, the idea that rape is God’s plan and that we silly women shouldn’t be able to control our own bodies, including things like abortion and birth control. Just like the 55 percent of women (and 52 percent of men) who stood in 4 hour line-ups last night to vote for Obama, I agree that our reproductive rights are not negotiable – and I couldn’t be more proud of my fellow gender for the outcome of this election. Not only did we exercise our right to suffrage last night, but we banded together and stood up to patriarchy in a way that we never have before.
It’s true that I am not American – I am Canadian. But living close to the most powerful country in the world, I endured constant anxiety like the rest of my friends last night through Twitter feeds, Facebook statuses and news shows, just like for the many months leading up to the election. The whole day could be compared to being on too many energy drinks and sitting in a shopping cart while your friend pushed you through a parking lot. There were obstacles to be sure, such as the infamous voting machine that turned an Obama vote into a Romney vote. However, there were also moments that brought peace of mind: Much to my and seemingly everyone’s pleasure, Claire McCaskill legitimately shut down Todd Akin, putting him out of the senate.
And after Fox News loses its shit over Ohio and Romney took 87458 million years to concede after Ohio was called for Obama (@Aminatou tweeted: I just beat you and this is crazy but the election is over, so call me maybe? Mitt is on some real Pete Campbell shit right now #concede) he finally came out of his hole to give his concession speech, confirming our belief that Obama was clearly the better choice. “Besides Ann,” he told the world, “Paul was the best decision I ever made.” Romney also reiterated over and over the importance of prayer and that he would pray for Obama and the rest of America (because, you know, we clearly need more Mormon hate-filled-love). Oh, Mittens.
Of course, Obama completely rocked the podium:
Meghan McCain said today while co-hosting Anderson Live that she “cried a little in bed” after Obama was re-elected, but was happy that issues regarding equality were passed. Meghan may be a Republican, but she’s a 26-year-old Republican who is known for her support of controversial topics such as sex education, birth control and gay marriage (which was passed in 3 states: Maine, Maryland and Minnesota). Meghan also noted on Anderson Live that she was happy about the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts. “If I want to smoke weed, it’s nobody’s business.”
More news from last night:
- We voted in the first disabled female veteran (Tammy Duckworth), the first Asian woman (Mazie Hirono), and the first open lesbian (Tammy Baldwin).
- At least a record breaking number of 18 women will serve in the senate starting in 2013.
- A woman sitting behind the president became famous for her hair style and may have started a new trend. #Flaghairlady
- Obama’s tweet “four more years” might be the most tweeted in history.
Lady Gaga even took time to post this Facebook status after her show in Columbia last night:
Lady Gaga: I JUST GOT OFF STAGE IN COLUMBIA!! CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT Barack Obama We are so proud to be American tonight! YES!!! YES! YES!! we just couldn’t be happier my goodness, the joy when freedom prevails
And conragulations DENVER on your cannabis legislation. shante YOU STAY. And to Tammy Baldwin for being elected the first openly gay senator in the HISTORY of The United States.
But Gaga wasn’t the only one overseas to react to Obama’s victory. In a Huff Post slideshow, you can see people around the world celebrating, such as in China, Kenya and Russia.
How did you celebrate Obama’s victory last night? Let us know in the comments below.