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  • Thank you. I needed this.

  • Awww! This’ll probably be the only good thing anyone posts today… Seriously, thanks.

  • !@#$@#%… I’m scared.

  • I’m a career civil servant within the Executive Office of the President. What the fuck do I do now?

    • Eek! Best of luck to you.
      .
      Maybe start looking at USAJOBS for a job in a different agency?

    • your job might be more important then ever now! Our country needs good, experienced people, working with Trump! Good luck.

      • I dunno. I keep hearing that strong American institutions, including the Federal bureaucracy, will be instrumental in acting as a check against this man, but at this moment, I can’t begin to see how. I’m just so disillusioned right now.

  • Songs running through my head: “White Riot,” but the Clash; “Touch of Grey” by the Dead. Poem running through my head (oh, irony!):
    .

    “Harlem”
    BY LANGSTON HUGHES
    .

    What happens to a dream deferred?

    Does it dry up
    like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a sore—
    And then run?
    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar over—
    like a syrupy sweet?

    Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?
    .

    Recrimination running through my head: we did this to ourselves.

  • Nice. Time for everyone to move on and try to bind together. Not easy given the circumstances but we are all on the same squad at the end of the day, right?

    • Are we, though? Honestly, truly, are we? I look at these election results, and even if it had gone the other way, it is striking how divided we are. People that are happy with this outcome do not share my values, and they do not have the same vision for the country as I do. Sorry to be so gloomy, I know the optimistic talk about being united is comforting. But I’m just not feeling that way.

    • I don’t want to bind together under Trump’s vision for American because I really don’t think what he wants (and just as importantly how he wants it) is going to be good for the country. I can’t reconcile the two in any way.

    • No, this election further proves that America doesn’t want me or anyone that looks like me in their “squad”

  • thank you daaaan (weak smile emoji)

  • Thank you, Dan. I need all the cute animals I can get today, and I think many others feel the same. 🙁

  • Dan’s recent 10th anniversary post has been on my mind this morning. He argued that D.C. is a great place to live because of the neighborhoods. I hope that those of us out there who are feeling lost, broken, and hurt today can commit to doing what we can over the next however-many years to make our own neighborhoods safe, welcoming, and vibrant. So many of us in DC work for or connected to the federal government and the national political conversation that we might sometimes lose focus on how much of the work of self-governance is at the local level. Getting or staying involved in DC government and citizenship will make a difference for ourselves and for our neighbors. Small things make a real difference. We need each other more than ever.

    • I agree with your sentiment but I don’t think the issue is DC or any of its neighborhoods. 90% of DC voted for Hillary Clinton. It’s the other ~50% of the US population, specifically the deep red states, where people need to work to create safe and welcoming neighborhoods.

  • Thank you Beth! Move forward? Real Talk!! Candid, yet vulnerable!! Go Beth! My sentiment exactly.

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