Congratulations President-elect Obama: Now, BlogHers, what will YOU do to change America?
"This is your victory. And I know you didn't do this just to win an election. And I know you didn't do it for me," President-elect Barack Obama told Americans from a flag-draped stage in Chicago last night. "You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century..."
Listen to the man: He's right.
It'll take all of us -- and, showing my bias here, it will in particular take influential women like the bloggers who read and use this site -- to fix this nation's problems. Now that we've activated, we've voted, we've blogged, we've debated, we need to keep it up. Mr. Obama said it himself: Whether you voted for him or not, he's your president. We have a new start. An opportunity.
So, please, share: What will YOU do to help resolve the nation's problems? If Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, both of whom blogged on this site during the election, reached out to this community today and asked for our help, what would you volunteer? Or are you thinking, hey, that's IT, I need some time off to not blog politics and then I'll see?
Me? I'm in for the long haul. On a personal note: After a two-year painful slog of a campaign, I was incredibly moved to see both Mr. Obama and Republican contender John McCain end the race on a gracious, high note. Shushing supporters who booed at the mention of Mr. Obama's name, Sen. McCain committed himself to supporting the nation's 44th president. Mr. Obama also committed himself to collaborating across party lines to resolve the stunning problems facing the United States.
And to that I will say: We do very well at developing an omnipartisan dialogue on BlogHer, but we will continue to work to improve. These last few weeks have been tough, and we have been working overtime to keep the conversation both diverse and civil. I urge the members of this site to continue our commitment to civil disagreement and growing a community where women can talk through the policy issues this nation needs to resolve.
Hey, what could be more American?
Here's what women who do blog politics are saying:
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