It’s 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 and I am already watching Fox News and the news of the day is focused on the upcoming events. Even at this time in the morning, anticipation is building as to who will become the 45th president of the United States. The squawk is that Donald Trump’s chances for winning are two, one is nil and the other is none. Many of the prognosticators are expressing their opinions what Trump has to do to pull off what seems to be “a hail Mary” pass.
Well it’s over, that is to say the election is over. For many it started out early on Tuesday morning with many of the news people thinking that it was only a few more hours before Hillary would become the first woman to become president. Fox News had Clinton ahead with a proposed 274 electoral votes. I was already depressed thinking what kind of future was ahead for the U.S. with her at the helm. I rather think that I wasn’t the only person sharing the same thoughts.
Fox News had reporters stationed in the five battle ground states searching for voters to question as to whom they were voting for. As I was listening to several potential voters having breakfast in Columbus, Ohio, explaining why they were going to vote for Trump, it was quite apparent that only two patrons were for Clinton while the rest of the patrons were wearing Trump T-shirts, caps and displaying their signs. I’m thinking, where are all the Hillary supporters?
Throughout the day I did not travel far from the TV for fear of missing any news tidbits. I tuned into CNN for a few minutes and it was being reported that Trump now had no clear way to reach the 270 electrical votes needed to win the election, “it’s all over except the shouting.” I turned back to Fox in time to see the Clintons arriving at the polling station waving and smiling. She seemed to be so confident; her stride seemed to indicate she was being hurried as she entered the polling booth. Within the hour Donald and Melania were also casting their votes. After taking a short break I was back in front of the TV around 1 p.m. Karl Rove was explaining several ways with his little white board the different scenarios that could put Trump close to the magic number.
It was about 7 p.m. when the first results were made, Clinton 3, Trump 19. Well it’s a good start I thought. Now here is where I fell asleep. The next thing I remember is when I finally woke up at about 2 a.m. The first thing that grabs my attention are the numbers “213” and “257” and my mind is thinking Hillary is ahead until it dawns on me that the “257” was in the red column. “AAARRG” I missed it. A few minutes later, the tally changes and Trump just became president-elect… Now I can do my happy dance. This is the day the world will change.
On the following evening (Wednesday), Fox reported that in many cities thousands of millennials were taking to the streets in protest, carrying signs “Trump is not our President.” What has this generation wrought? I can empathize because I felt disappointment and frustration when Obama won the election. All this demonstrating will not change the law. When those who would become judge, jury and executioner also becomes an anarchist: Why won’t you even consider his merits? The only advice I’ll give to then is “don’t judge a book by its cover until you have read a chapter or two.”