This election has been long. Really long. For some people, it’s all they’ve ever known (2-year-olds, mostly). But as Americans prepare to stand on line for hours to cast their vote, it’s finally coming to an end. And though it’ll leave a deep hole in all our lives, the memories will remain. We’re talking about the speeches, gaffes, controversies, colorful characters, failed strategies, embarrassments, and, sometimes, even uplifting moments that will live on forever in political lore. We recommend you explore the following slideshow while playing Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were” for an optimal viewing experience.