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“Happy Days Are Here Again”

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008


I've been trying to put my thoughts into words after last night's election of Barack Obama, and I'm having trouble finding words that do justice to all that has transpired in the past 24 hours.

But 86-year-old Betty Liske has said it all so well, and she has given me permission to share her words with you in this guest post, below.

I realize our country, our world and our planet are in a mess right now. And I'm no Pollyanna when it comes to looking at these things. We have a steep climb ahead of us. But to see this election through the eyes of someone who has seen so much, over more than eight decades in this country, really gives me hope. Thank you, Betty!

It is truly "Happy Days Are Here Again." This is the song they sang when Franklin Roosevelt won the presidential office in 1940.

In my first job after graduating from high school in Orlando, Fl., a town, at that time, of 40,000, I worked at the Democratic headquarters downtown. I addressed envelopes, stood on the sidewalk and offered pins, signs and other information to the passersby.

It was also an historic event, as it was Roosevelt's third term. However, at that election, no blacks could vote and they had a $3 poll tax. ( I still don't think this was legal.)

This was during the Great Depression. (They must be referring to the size, as there was nothing "great" about it.) People had a very tough time scrapping together the $3 poll tax. But my Mom and Dad always managed, as it was so important to them.

So we have come a long way, but the right way, and the eight years of sub-prime politics are at last off our backs. I think President Obama will shine like an evening star. It's so wonderful to have an intelligent, articulate, calm, caring and wonderful president.