Barack Obama Re-Elected President Of The United States

We were recently reminded that no matter how we feel about any particular issue, there are going to be millions and millions of people who disagree with us. (This is true now and will be true forever and will remain true of all elections that weren’t nearly as close as touted by media.) But for those of us who got our way last night, IT WAS A WONDERFUL NIGHT! Maine and Maryland approved same sex marriage, Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay US Senator, Elizabeth Warren won her Massachusetts senate seat, Washington and Colorado passed ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States. YES! YES YES YES WE DID! After a long election cycle that dug up so much human garbage, at times making the hope for any progress feel incredibly difficult to hold, it’s wonderful to see these steps, voted on by people!, no matter how small they are, taken. There is hope, for real. Not just poster hope, but real hope, and it exists in real humans. And I guess this is all just an overwrought way of saying: Thank you, Beyonce. Obama’s victory speech after the jump. (Photo via NYTimes.)