I went to bed last night reflecting on the time I got to spend my birthday with @joebiden
in Madison, Wisconsin during his book tour in 2017. The way he spoke hope and decency into that room filled with several hundreds who saw themselves in him and his story made me believe in his ability to rally people together again across racial, economic, age, and most importantly political divides.
I knew it then and what I know for sure this #ElectionDay
is a necessary bridge in our great divide. We need him and @kamalaharris
to WIN today. And I believe they will. (Yeah, I said it!)
But it’s not just Biden or Kamala I believe in. There isn’t any one leader, hero, or savior that can fix what was built broken. Our country needs re-building, it needs healing, and it is up to all of us to stop the bleeding. That healing starts with seeing the humanity in each other and voting with that humanity in mind.
Tbh the very best part of my trip to Madison—OK maybe tied with getting birthday cupcakes from Biden and his unbelievably kind team 😊—was getting to know two local ladies from the audience over spontaneous birthday drinks at the hotel bar. Two women I might not otherwise ever get the chance to know; women I might’ve falsely assumed to have nothing in common with—except for our mutual adoration of “Uncle Joe-y.”
But when we sat down together, we bonded over more than politics—we shared our whole life stories, our dreams and goals. They forced me to take a shot for my birthday despite excuses about my early morning flight, and all I’ll say is I’ve never laughed so hard for so many hours with complete strangers in my life.
I woke up today with a smile, thinking of them and feeling confident and optimistic—again, not in any one hero or savior—but in all of US.
No matter the outcome of this election, I’m grateful to be in this ongoing fight with all of YOU. This day doesn’t dictate our future. We do. And the work doesn’t end with this Presidential election. For so many of us, it’s only just begun.
But as far as that ballot goes, it’s #bidenharris2020 #votebluenomatterwho
for me!!! 🗳