As of this writing, Barack Obama has officially clinched his re-election as President of the United States America. So, first and foremost, congratulations are obviously in order, and he most certainly will enjoy this one night of relaxation and celebration before restarting his executive duties. The mindbogglingly stressful campaign season is over, and regardless of your political affiliation, you undoubtedly are euphoric that there won’t be any more political commercials and advertisements.
I slept in this morning, and being among those fortunate enough for cancelled classes, seized the opportunity to get out and vote. And despite how surprised I was at the two hour long line at Oyster River High School, it made me thrilled to see the typically-indifferent student body swarming the polls. According to The New Hampshire, there were 3,024 NEW voter registrants in Durham today, meaning 3,000 of you guys were participating for the first time. Whether the cause for the prior absences was due to residency or age restrictions, it’s still encouraging to see such active involvement.
After voting (and being disappointed when Prez Huddleston’s name wasn’t on the ballot for Commander In Chief), I meandered back home and prepared for the social media onslaught of speculation, criticism, and results. And by “prepared,” I mean, “shut my computer off because there’s going to be hours upon hours of stress once the polls close.”
The strategy worked. I was able to stay disconnected just enough as not to be overwhelmed, yet remained active (via @UNHStudents and my personal account on Twitter). Family members called, emails were sent around, and I relayed text messages back and forth among countless friends from every political spectrum imaginable.
The only real complaint I had was the commercials. OH THE COMMERCIALS! Endless. On every channel, I’d receive some guesswork regarding “5% of polls reporting in” and a prediction of which candidate won which state. Those statistics would flash up for several minutes, and then Pepsi would be telling me to drink their soda. Instead, I muted the TV, pulled up DemocracyNow.org (which is an independently moderate source) and listened to those talking-heads, instead.
The moment was upon us seemingly as soon as it all started. An early Romney lead dissipated into a decisive Obama victory. Millions jumped for joy. Millions shook their fists in anger. And millions more took to Twitter and Facebook to share their two-cents regarding the election. In fact, I’m amazed that both sites were able to handle the workload. I guess they can thank their larger-than-life server farms for that.
Anyways, all elections are definitely important to watch, because, well, it’s just four years of YOUR future being decided. And maybe I’m just older, but this one seemed more exciting than the last. Although I’m almost positive it has something to do with Mitt Romney’s hair. How does he get it to stay like that?
Goodnight (well, good morning, for those reading this) UNH. Election has been fun, albeit a little too stressful. And best of luck to President Obama. For all our sakes, lets hope our future is a bright one, and lets hope the Mayans weren’t right.