After months of campaigning and hours of people standing in line to vote, on November 6, 2012 at 9 o’clock at night (Mountain Time) it was announced that Barack Obama would serve another four year term as the President based on electoral votes. It was announced that President Barack Obama would serve another four year term while people in Florida were still in line waiting to vote. It was announced that President Barack Obama would serve another four year term NOT because we, as the people, voted him in, but because he received the required 270 electoral votes.
I will not discuss or promote who I think should be president, but no matter who would have won that night, I had this gut-wrenching feeling in my stomach like I did in 2000 when Al Gore lost to George W. Bush because of electoral votes. Although we all know now, after counting all the votes, President Barack Obama did also win the popular vote, on November 6th when I went to bed, I really felt like my vote did not matter. I was upset knowing how much money was spent on campaigning, on speeches, and on everything else I don’t know about. I was upset that someone could be announced as OUR president if we as the people didn’t vote him in. He is running our country, and he is protecting us. I felt bad for the people in Florida still waiting in line to vote, and then for them find out that they were voting for something that was already announced must have felt useless.
I never, since the announcements of who was running for president, posted any status updates, or tweets, or blog posts about anything political. I work for the government and don’t even try to talk about it there. But after that night, I just had this feeling and wanted to write about it to get my voice out there, and because I know that I am not the only one that felt like that that night.