Kenyon Responds to The Election


The Observer asked students, professor and administrators to talk about their reaction to last night’s election and the future of the United States.

Kyle Henderson – Associate Vice President for College Relations

“I find it inspiring that so many students – as many as 800 by some counts – registered to vote here in Knox County.  For most of you this is likely your first Presidential election, and you could not have picked a better place to be an important part of our democracy.  I hope you’ll share your experience with others and help make this a Kenyon tradition that lasts.”

Katharine WeberRichard L. Thomas Visiting Professor of Creative Writing

“I am hugely elated to look ahead to teaching next semester in the great state of Ohio, which has played such a significant role in returning Barack Obama to the White House for a second term. (Even though at this moment the Romney campaign refuses to concede Ohio.)”

Michael Hayes 14′

“The President of the United States of America called for the equality of the gay citizens of this country in his acceptance speech last night, observed with elation across the globe. Our nation’s first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), was elected, and several more of these United States have voted in favor of marriage equality. The efforts of the LGBT community, of which I am so proudly a part, to affirm to the children of this country that “it gets better” have been appropriately desperate and genuinely concerted. This election has shown these discouraged and frightened young Americans, those who many of us are or were, that this affirmation was not made in vain, that we have the support of our head of state and our nation and that it is always getting better. Never have I felt so proud to be a citizen of this remarkable country.”

Devon Beeny 15′

“I was a little surprised at how quickly the race ended. I found it a little anti-climactic. It was really close and then it wasn’t at all. I am glad President Obama pulled out an electoral win and just hope that he can win the popular vote. I think we will have a lot of gridlock if the President doesn’t have a popular vote majority.”

Max Rappaport 14′

“While I’m definitely not opposed to four more years, I’m not an emphatic supporter of Obama and can’t display the zeal for him that many of his supporters seem to display unconditionally. Regardless, I’m looking forward to what the next term will hold.”

Benjamin Ros 14′


Andrew Gabel 15′

“”In an election that should have been about America’s economic
stagnation, it’s $16 trillion dollar debt, trillion dollar yearly
deficits and a grossly unfair tax and regulatory structure, we were
instead treated to months of ad hominem attacks and “binders full of
women”.  Has there ever been a presidential campaign in the history of
United States so entirely unworthy of it’s significance?  Over the
next four years, America faces serious and difficult choices that will
determine its trajectory in the 21st century.  One hopes that when the
day comes to make these choices, it will do so with more seriousness
than it displayed in the 2012 presidential campaign.”

Melanie Shelton 13′

“I AM SO FUCKING HAPPY! Not only did Obama win, but same-sex couples can now legally marry in Maine. I’m feeling relieved, and more hopeful about our country than I have in a while. And I’m so proud of my home state.”

Andrew Firestone 14′

“Who knows what’s in store. President Obama’s victory in 2008 was followed by a recession that constrained his agenda and complicated his desire to effect real change. Today immigration deserves comprehensive reform, the unemployment rate hovers just under 8%, health care continues to pit states against the federal government, and congress will likely remain incredibly divided.

The threat of terrorism looms, Greece remains in peril, Iran continues to enrich uranium and Prime Minister Netenyahu has asserted that he does not need support from the United States to attack Iran’s underground nuclear bunker. Syria is slipping deeper into a conflict that is no longer a civil war and militants from surrounding countries are flocking to the region to join the fight. The list goes on and on. Simply put, though, I was quite scared by the prospect of Mitt Romney facing all of those things in the Oval Office. I believe in the President’s conviction – I have faith in his vision – and I look forward to witnessing the full realization of his liberal politics in the national and international arenas.”

Andrew Stewart 15′

“The American people themselves can accomplish a lot between now and the next election. We shouldn’t just sit back and silently pray that our politicians will find time to do whatever they claim to be good at. They should be held accountable every day, not just on Election Day.”

Qossay Alsattari 15′

“It is very promising to see Americans peruse change. President Obama is attempting to lead Americans towards progress.”

Sam Whipple 16′

“As a freshman who’s finally able to vote, and lucky enough to be working in a state that matters so much, I’m deeply emotional about tonights results; for myself, for this campus, and for the country. I spent most of today, like I did for the rest of the past two months, with many of the best and brightest of the Kenyon Democrats. We canvassed today in Columbus, which ended up blue for the president, and to see Ohio emerge as the state that pushed the President past 270 was so intensely gratifying for all of us. We chose to stick with CNN, and even as each of us was texted about the results being confirmed in Ohio, we stayed cautiously optimistic until the very last votes. The president’s reelection tonight I know means a validation of all of our hard work, and of the efforts that the First Lady urged us to on Saturday – we fought for Ohio and its nice to know how much it mattered. The president told us at the DNC that we were the change we wanted, and I’m pretty sure every member of the kenyon dems feels that way tonight. Truly extraordinary.”

James Dennin 13′

“Knew it. Elizabeth Warren 2016.”

Tyler Dierke 13′

“My first thoughts after hearing about Obama’s re-election is the off-air comments to Medvedev about having “flexibility” after election. While in context the comment referred to missile defense, I think that Obama will apply this “flexibility” to many other aspects of his position. And if that means to expand further on what he did (or didn’t do) during his first term, it may be a pretty alarming future for our generation. Thankfully, I already have a job lined up, so good luck to everyone else.”

5 comments on “Kenyon Responds to The Election”

  1. I certainly will support President Obama. However, I do wish in time, the endless gridlock of the two party system will be a thing of the past and candidates of other parties will be given an equal voice. Until the mainstream media loses their biases (for whatever reasons they may be), I don’t know if we will progress beyond the “ballgame” mentality I see many times concerning what should be the seriousness of choosing candidates wisely after sifting through and researching beyond mainstream media polls, opinions, shameful ad campaigns, etc..

    The mainstream media has been very biased in their treatment of candidates who are not members of either the Republican or Democratic parties. While I support candidates from both of the major parties, I would like to see some third party candidates start to have a real voice as coin flipping to vote is not a good place to be, nor should any voter be intimidated into choosing between two candidates they have reservations about if they feel they have to compromise in order to do so. I have heard so many times to vote for other candidates is “wasting” your vote. I disagree. Wasting your vote is compromising your personal feelings and values in order to “follow the crowd” or to simply vote “for” someone simply because you are against the other.

  2. I am so upset with the Republican Party since (The Bush Family Policy of Running America into a shambles), that I have voted straight Democratic since. In 2008, I wanted to vote for Hillary Clinton based on her political plans for America; however, due to the fact that the majority was not ready for a Female President, no matter what her platform, I felt my vote would be wasted as well; Therefore, I did what most Americans did at that time, I voted for Obama, not feeling sure that I was making a good decision. However, seeing the state of America after Bush and watching Obama do whatever he had to do, right, wrong or indifferent just to keep America from collapsing into a third world country, i gained admiration and trust for this President.
    I watched and listened as he was criticized, poked fun at, judged and predicted to fail with every decision. I could not imagine him getting up every morning and going to work, I would not have wanted to be in his shoes, nor would I have made it. He overcome the scrutiny, he held his focus and took his position with pride and persevered.
    Do i think America will ever be as strong as it was before NAFTA, no, not unless we can accomplish the vision that got that bill passed or get our industry back where it started (America). I agree with our president’s vision on Education. Knowledge is the power that will allow us to have jobs. The ladder that leads every American to their Dream of Success has been broken. We have Poverty and Riches This is where America is divided. We have views from the poor Americans and Views from the Rich Americans, but no means of communicating them. The distance is just to far!! We have to get our Middle Class back (The ladder). As Ross Pero predicted we will all be selling each other burgers and sneakers. Unfortunately, he was a great visionary. We need that ladder put back in place for all Americans to succeed.
    Americans are strong and when we need to come together for a cause, we rally. I think our main focus should be just that, what ever your party,
    I trust that our President is working now to rebuild that ladder all he needs is our support.

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