Being the Political Science major that I am, I have been keeping up with this year’s election for seemingly ages! It was especially important to me since it was the first Presidential election I could vote in. I previously voted in the 2010 election but this one meant more to me. But the election finally came to an end last night when President Barack Obama was reelected to a second term.
I was anticipating having to stay up until around 2 or 3 AM to hear the winner but all of the television networks projected an Obama win around 11:20 PM so my night ended earlier than expected. Some of my residents ordered pizza to celebrate the night so of course I joined them! I didn’t get to bed until 2 AM but it was worth it celebrating the historic night.
I’ve only been home for a day for fall break but I already miss Butler! Don’t get me wrong, I love being home, but it is just that my communication to the outside world has drastically decreased. Since I don’t get any cellphone service at home, my communication is severely limited to Wi-Fi or getting a couple bars when I run errands. It’s like I’m living in the 12th century.
Last night, I was able to watch television for the first time in seemingly ages. The only thing I watched was the Vice Presidential debate. I thought both candidate did very well and I definitely learned that Joe Biden is not scared to speak his mind! He was clearly the most colorful of the two candidates. Hopefully this debate was an indicator of how the next presidential debate will be.
Here’s the debate from last night
Last night was the start of the Democratic National Convention and it was a good night. First Lady Michelle Obama was the big speaker of the night and her speech was excellent! She gave a lot of insight into her life with President Obama and it truly felt like a heartfelt speech. My favorite line was the one regarding how the President spends some nights “strategizing over middle school friendships.”
Tonight, Bill Clinton is supposed to be the speaker, which makes me extremely excited. He always makes good speeches so hopefully he does not disappoint. On Thursday the President is supposed to speak and I can’t wait to hear his speech as well. Obviously my inner political science nerd is in full colors this week.
Here’s a video with highlights from the First Lady‘s speech:
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Last year my former high school put on a performance of the play Road Trip To Iowa, and let me tell you, it was just as it sounds: boring and unnecessary. I also thought the Iowa Caucus would be the same when I watched it last night but let me tell you, it was the opposite: exciting and thrilling!
So I started watching at 6 pm on CNN and it got underway. All the anchors said it would be a tight race and they could not decide on a winner. As the night went on there were three candidates in the lead but eventually one fell to third place and we were left with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Both candidates kept exchanging the lead which made for an exciting night. There was even a point where ONE vote separated the two.
I fell asleep at midnight thinking that Rick Santorum would win since he was up by 119 votes but I was surprised to wake up to see that Romney won by eight votes! According to the news, it was the closest Republican caucus in history. The only caucus to be closer was in 2008 when Obama beat Clinton by 7 votes in Guam! Who knew!?
I’m kind of mad at myself for going to bed early because I missed this television gold below when a very confused Iowa official talks to the CNN anchors!
Yesterday it was so warm I was tempted to go outside without a jacket and I enjoyed it. I even went on a walk! I’ve decided to cherish the warmth when it’s warm outside because as soon as I walked outside today it was terribly cold. I just hope it will be hot outside by the time spring break rolls around, which isn’t too far away!
Today there is the election for Student Government Association President and I plan on going to vote! This is my way of making my voice count since I’m not quite old enough to vote in a real election yet. SGA is holding a “Rock The Vote” event on campus where students can vote and there will be food and activities. I can’t wait!
In more important news, I was woken up to knocks on my door by my RA at 3 in the morning telling me to go to the basement because there was a Tornado watch. I am thankful for two things. 1. That campus was concerned for our safety & 2. I went to bed early because I couldn’t fall back asleep!
That’s all for today! Feel free to leave a comment! You can see my Twitter here.
Random Song of the Day: “Set Fire To The Rain” by Adele
Random Photo of the Day:
View of the fountain while I was on my walk yesterday!