Trying to get my (computer) keyboard to turn into a car so I can drive to Canada.
I think Obama is a really dynamic individual. This election has really made me study and think about what I want from my federal government, and the answer lies a little closer to the ideals of Libertarians than say Democrats or the current Republicans. I'm really glad this election got so many young people interested in what their lawmakers and leaders have to say about how they plan to shape this nation. Like I told my older sister (she and two of my sisters voted Obama), though I'm not too thrilled about Democrats being in charge of the government for the next four years, I am very curious and perhaps a bit excited about how this election and president will shape the attitudes of people our age in connection with their community and world.
As a current Democrat living in Republican Kansas I sometimes think my vote doesn't matter either, but then something I read on a Libertarian website made me realize that on a local level where the races are much closer, my votes matter a lot. If I can help a candidate be a little closer to winning than they would have, then they or another in their party will be more encouraged to run in the future. If the candidate I vote for wins for the first time or wins re-election, then they'll get a chance to be known by a wider range of voters and hopefully move their way up in the political world. Kansas almost always votes for the Republican presidential candidate, but every once in awhile a Democrat moves up in the ranks and becomes our governor and it makes a huge difference.
Like Obama maybe they don't get to do all the good they could do, but the difference between what they do and what the other candidate would have done IS huge. I'm seeing that right now in Kansas as we had a Democrat governor who took a position in Obama's administration and the backlash in Kansas against there being a Democrat president led very-anti-Obama backers and voters putting a huge amount of effort into getting a very right-wing (in my opinion) governor elected in Kansas. The changes he's been pushing thru have been devastating and some have a direct impact on me. Many Republicans in our state house and senate don't like the changes he's making, but fear losing their re-elections if they anger the backers and voters that elected the governor. I've learned every vote and every dollar counts because post-election it influences how the politicians vote. They remember the likelihood of getting or not getting elected. On a side note, corporations as "people" really sucks for us voters. On a federal level a lot more politicians are in the pocket of corporations and special interest groups. Another big reason to try and make your state and local governments awesome thru your vote.