Last night before we went to bed, none of the returns had started coming in yet. I knew that statistics aficionado Nate Silver had predicted an Obama victory, but there was still I think doubt and worry in everyone’s mind. At 4am, I woke up and immediately checked my phone. No news yet. But it was really hard to go back to sleep, knowing that everyone else at home was probably up watching the returns! I kept waking up every hour or so to check on the updates and telling myself to go back to sleep because it was just making me nervous.
And then it was OFFICIAL!!! Obama victory. So happy and the flood of updates in my Facebook news feed just made me feel a little bit more connected with home. Mike had already gone to work, so we couldn’t share the moment together. But I did give a high five to the housekeeper who takes care of the woman’s apartment we’re staying at. I think the US Embassy here had a breakfast reception and tons of people were there but we haven’t met anyone who works at the Embassy yet. Not sure how you get invited. I kept trying to watch the live stream of Obama’s acceptance speech on CNN and NY Times, but the Internet here is too slow to stream. That was a bit frustrating but I just waited for the transcript to come out and the speech was amazing. As usual, the first family looked fabulous.
What a great morning! Things are looking up.