Dear Mister President-Elect:
We are still giddy, we are still unable to articulate our sentiments beyond "YES!", we feel proud to be a part of what you have created. We are writing to you as Devis, Devis with Babies, Brown Girls. You have captured our minds, our hearts, our fantasies. You are our President and while we might not have known we needed a leader, we are happy to have found it out. We cannot wait to see how this palpable joy and energy is leveraged. To you, our Rock Star President, some of the many, many, many reasons we are in love:
- Last night, because of you, hipsters, anarchists, cynics danced side by side in the streets of San Francisco, New York, Chicago, waving American flags and chanting words like "hope" and "change"...without irony.
- People are telling their kids that anything is possible...and believing it.
- You carried Virginia...Virginia! Macacas around the globe smile.
- We feel hopeful. This, in the face of wars, economic recession, looming environmental emergencies. We know you can't fix everything and you are one man. And yet: We feel hopeful.
- Your election has redeemed our country in the eyes of our friends, family, fellow-Devis around the world. And: "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place"--Nelson Mandela
- You pronounce Pakistan properly. (Why is it so hard?)
- We believe you. After being lied to by almost every public figure put before us in our adult lives: We believe you.
- You love, admire, and respect your wife.
- You tried to defeat Proposition 8.
- You can dance.And your list of favorite songs promises you will pick something better than "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" for your inauguration.
- You're smart. It's such a relief.
- You're a skinny brown guy with a "funny" name--you are our sons and husbands.
- You have given us the gift of being part of a historic moment...that is not also a tragic moment.
- You are going to unite us: "And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too."
Most of all: Our children--many of whom aren't even 3 yet--will get to become little people in a culture of respect and honor for our country. They will admire you. You can--and will!--usher in a world they will be proud of. You're gonna make them rock the vote better than MTV. One day, they can shake their heads and wonder about their weird old parents who talk about 8 years of doom, gloom, antipathy and moral vacuousness.
This is our moment. This is our time. We are ready. We are waiting.
Devis with Babies