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Jan. 28th, 2009 01:07 pm
marenzi: ([SPN] So Awesome)
Sorry, I know I just posted, but. OBAMA.
"...and so what I told [Middle East Special Envoy George Mitchell] is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating... My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives. My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect... We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faith’s name.”
President Barack Obama. Source.
God, but I love this man.

[livejournal.com profile] bellanut is posting an absolutely beautiful picspam tribute to Kim Manners. It's so nicely done and really highlights Kim's brilliance.

Oh. And in a fit of either bravery or insanity, I finally grew a pair got over myself and officially signed up for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang.

Yes We Can

Jan. 21st, 2009 12:17 am
marenzi: (Default)
The past 36 hours have been a whirlwind, and I can't even think of everything that's happened. Starting with last night - I got a chance to attend the Virginia Inaugural Ball last-minute thanks to a friend. He grew up with Mark Warner's daughters and his parents are like their godparents or something, so Mark called him when he found out he had extra tickets. (I will never, ever get over how connected a few of the people I know are. It's kind of insane & surreal.) We also got a chance to sit down with Mark and just talk later in the evening. Politics aside, he's a really easygoing, friendly guy - although he definitely slammed Idaho in his speech. Although I will admit we are pretty much the reddest state in the country.

I obviously felt incredibly out of my league, but it was surprisingly fun and we had a great time - the theme was Celebrating Turning Virginia Blue, which was awesome, and the cover band was fantastic. It was mostly late classic rock and there were way too many old people who knew all the lyrics to current pop songs. My friend and I desperately wanted them to play Centerfold, which is pretty much our theme song, but no luck. We still danced and generally made idiots of ourselves anyway, because we're talented like that.

And then this morning. I can't even describe some of it, because I've never experienced anything even close to it. We walked into D.C. around seven and wound up in front of the Washington Monument. Yes, it was fucking freezing, but I wasn't too bad for most of it because I wore ski clothes - my lips were numb by the end, though. Anyway, the crowds were fantastic. Every single person was so happy, so excited to be there - strangers were talking to each other, which I honestly never see in D.C.

Everything mostly quieted down during the speeches, though there were a few strong rounds of 'Hey Hey, Goodbye' & 'Hit the Road, George' when Bush was announced. And when Obama first appeared on the screens - the best kind of pandemonium. People were sobbing, praying, screaming in happiness. You couldn't possibly stand in that crowd and not believe you were witnessing history. The hope Obama has given to America is tangible.
We are the change that we seek.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
President Barack Obama

I chose this quotation for my senior yearbook page back in September. Obama's ability to inspire hope and faith in America is incredible - literally, so extraordinary it seems impossible - and I can't wait to see what the next decade will bring. Yes we can.
marenzi: ([SPN] Dumb & Crazy)
HOSHIT I'M GOING TO THE VA INAUGURAL BALL. IN LIKE FOUR HOURS. One of my friends grew up with Mark Warner's kids, so he got a bunch of the extra tickets this afternoon. I'm very excited, but I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. HELP.
marenzi: (Anthony Bourdain)
I am officially a second semester senior, finally. This year is simultaneously flying by and dragging horribly. OH WELL, FOUR-DAY WEEKEND!

Today was the end of my Middle East Studies class. I'm not ready to fully write about the Gaza Crisis here, but this class made me question and reform so many of my beliefs. For anyone interested in hearing different sides of the story, I really recommend Bitter Lemons, a Palestinian-Israeli op-ed listing; for anyone interested in the Palestinian view, I recommend What You Don't Know About Gaza. They'll make you question yourself.

Anyway, since it was the last day, we had a bit of a party and brought in middle eastern foods. I made Nus Qamar, an almond crescent cookie, though I heavily modified it. I think that our class of ten ate more than forty cookies, so I'd say they turned out well. Picture & Notes )

I cannot wait for Tuesday, you guys. It still feels almost surreal, and I'm going to be able to be there to see it. I'll be staying at a friend's house the night before so I can avoid the metro mess entirely. She lives about a mile from the Mall, so we can walk into DC early that morning. We'll freeze our asses off and probably get trampled and I'm so excited. Will anyone else be there? I knew there's a decent contingent of fangirls around here somewhere!

Speaking of which, I'd wanted to go see MBV3D tonight at Gallery Place with [livejournal.com profile] balefully and others, but timing sucked and I couldn't make it. I would love to go to a real-life-meets-fandom event sometime, though it seems that the SPN fandom has a lot of twentysomethings and very few teenagers; I'm not sure if people would mind that I'm a bit younger (eighteen). I can behave myself, really - well, as much as anyone can when Jensen Ackles appears in 3D right in front of you, twenty feet tall and wearing a tight shirt.
marenzi: (Obama ♥)
I HAVE BEEN OBSESSIVELY REFRESHING EVERY TEN SECONDS. POINTLESS? YES. I AM BOUNCING AROUND LIKE A FIVE-YEAR-OLD ON SPEED AND CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF.

ALSO, VIRGINIA? IS STEADILY LEANING FURTHER TOWARD OBAMA. 51% RIGHT NOW & GOING UP. HISTORY, YOU GUYS. ♥

EDIT: VA WAS JUST OFFICIALLY CALLED FOR OBAMA. WE'VE VOTED FOR A DEMOCRAT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1964.

EDIT: OBAMA WON. I CAN'T BREATHE. WE DID IT. THANK YOU AMERICA.

VOTING OMG

Nov. 3rd, 2008 07:31 pm
marenzi: (Obama ♥)
IT'S ALMOST TOMORROW AND I CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF. It's been what, 20 months of campaigning? And I'm going to be there at 6:00 am before school. My very first election & I'm making history like no other.

And really, for everything I've heard about lazy teenagers not caring? We talked about the election every single day. We watched every debate and every interview and get into shouting matches over them. Today, a group got up in front of the school to talk about why every single senior who's 18 better be there - not for a project or a grade, but because we CAN.

We're not going off what our parents tell us or what we hear in class. I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum from my family regarding politics, religion, and beliefs. We think for ourselves, we do our research, and we're ready.

BASICALLY, THIS. OBAMA 2008. ♥

EDIT: *HEADDESK*

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