By Remy Robertson/Rachel Rigdon
Between the first woman vide-residential and first African American presidential hopefuls, this past year has been arguably the most heated presidential election within the nation’s history.
The aftermath that resonates into the public, despite the turnout of the election, is a constant supply of waves of excitement and confusion.
Active citizens displayed their reactions from across the political spectrum in reaction to the 2008 election.
An Associated Press article quotes a man singing at a piano: “You all wanted change/And that’s what you’re gonna get/But the change that you will see/You will most likely regret.”
And although it would seem like non-Democrats would be in chaos the most, Democrats over-emphasized their excitement with the results, such as one person who said “The long nightmare is over!”
Within the Southwestern campus, things are no different. The virtual world of Facebook witnessed an engrossing display of political verbal-volleyball that lasted hours and hours into the night. It seemed like everyone was screaming to everyone else via their Facebook status updates. Someone could make a historical timeline of the event in lieu of the intense bashing.
The Obama supporters were confident throughout the night. Most pre-election polls showed Facebook pro-file pictures with Obama’s face. Most Obama supporters included statuses that headlined “…is watching Obama DOMINATE,” “…is waiting and watching for Obama to become President,” or “thinks it’s appropriate that Obama won Maverick County, TX.” As the night tread on, the Obama-ians became more outspoken. “GO-BAMA!” was a popular status. Others tagged themselves saying “…is ready for the change! Get it Obama!”
The more relaxed statuses denoted themselves to be “…proud to be an American,” while the more eccentric included an all caps scream, “OBAMA IS PRESIDENT!! THANK YOU, AMERICA!!!!!”
The leftist status of the night said “chill the f*** out you racists starting with an M and ending in an N, an A, I, and a Y in the middle.”
Probably the most interesting aspect is how McCain supporters reacted when McCain ceded and Obama triumphed.
Some were more serious than others: one girl entitled herself with “…is now afraid for her friends and family in the armed forces,” while others were enraged, saying that they were “mad at America.”
A good handful of McCain supporters said that they were, in some way, going to leave the country.
“Is leaving the country and refuses to come back for the next four years at least,” one said.
Another commented that he was “locking himself in his room until Spalla/Caudill 2012.”
“Goodbye McCain [and] hello a ton of more incomes…look what you did” another added. One asked the nation, “Are you serious America? How can you be this dumb? This further strengthens my argument that Texas should secede. Liberals please get educated.”
The actual Southwestern campus saw a variety of reactions. The Mabee dorm was in an upheaval of celebration, with some reports of girls running around in underwear with the letters of Obama painted on their stomachs.
Nothing serious has been reported just yet, but it is clear that the Southwestern students have reacted with extreme enthusiasm in response to the outcome of the election.
Outside of Facebook statuses, students have spoken to The Megaphone about their responses to Obama’s win.
“I am looking forward to telling my kids that I voted for the first black president. I even drove five hours both ways in order to vote at home,” said senior Floyd Hebert.
Others felt that the McCain supporters should be more gracious.
“I think some people are handling McCain’s loss immaturely by saying that the world is going to end or that the American dream is lost,” said senior Nicole Powell.
Meanwhile others felt that McCain’s concession speech had been quite positive for his perception.
“McCain’s concession speech was quite mature and perhaps a real glimpse of who he really is instead of how people make him out to be,” said junior Lane Hill.
One of the major concerns surrounding Obama’s win is the division that it could cause in the USA.
“People should get over the results if they weren’t in their favor because it splits the country in two, and with that we go nowhere,” said junior Hector Ruiz.
Senior Kathleen Rosas agrees. “I’m personally happy that he won but I am sad at the same time that our country seems divided, and some people don’t seem willing to support our new president,” said Rosas.
“I find it hilarious that many of my conservative friends are considering moving to Canada, one of the most liberal countries in this hemisphere,” said junior Ashley Hayes.
Overall the response at Southwestern has been quite positive and many students are pleased with the outcome.