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Wednesday, November 05, 2008


I've decided that's my favorite pun on our new president elect's name. That or Barack the Vote. I can't decide.

I get why one might be wary of having to deal with Obamanites (oooooh, that's a good one, too!), but I think it's unfair to dismiss the glee that is sweeping our country today.

I wonder how you could watch last night's landslide and not feel excited that you're a part of a momentous time in our nation's history. I understand having trepidation about Obama, I really do. But dismissing the "wow factor" of this election because you don't like his policies is a disservice to where we've come as a country.

Less than 200 years ago whites owned blacks. And now we will have a black president.

In 1955 Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. And now we will have a black president.

Just over 40 years ago we had Jim Crow laws in place. And now we will have a black president.

Does Obama deserve to be President because of his race? Of course not. And it's not the reason I voted for him. But people should be gushing over this win. People should be excited that we've accomplished something many thought may never happen. In my opinion there has never been a more appropriate election for which tears of joy should be wept. I just don't think we can underestimate what it will mean to the psyche of our people to have a minority as our leader in the White House.

I am choosing to believe that Obama has the potential to bring this country together and reach across party lines. But as my brother pointed out to me last night, "It's time to hold his feet to the fire."


Side note: And now for my superficial moment of this post. What the $%*! was Michelle Obama wearing last night? Not flattering at all. Maybe she needs to start spending $400,000 on clothes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, it is not a landslide when a candidate gets 52% of the vote. That is a majority but not a landslide.

Second, I don't think his election shows how far we have come as a nation. If we had elected a competent black man of strong moral character, that would be momentous. I fear this man has been elected largely because of his race, in spite of what many will say. He has been elected in spite of the fact that he is alright with sucking the brains out of a 9-month-old fetus. He has been elected in spite of the fact that he has ties to terrorists, in spite of his lack of experience, in spite of his questionable religious beliefs.

Let's just watch where he leads us before we decide if his election is momentous. Leading us toward socialism isn't a step forward.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Blogger Lois E. Lane said...

I disagree that he was largely elected because he's black. He was elected because he's a liberal -- and an inspirational one at that. And there was no way America was going to elect a Republican this year. No way, no how. McCain had no chance long before he selected Sarah Palin. The pendulum must swing back and forth every eight-12 years, if not more often. That's one of the cool things about this country.

It is a great thing to see a black man open the door to a more diverse Oval Office. But folks have every right to be disappointed that their guy didn't win.

P.S. Molly, it was $150,000 and the RNC picked up the tab.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Blogger girlfriday said...

I'm with you on about half of this post. On the one hand, there will be no gushing over another hard-core lefty being elected to office. Bridging party lines and bringing America together? Ah to be 25 again.

On the other hand, it's pretty awesome when you consider how far we've come in a relatively short period of time. Nice summary. We can tell all the hypocritical, Xenophobic Europeans to stick it.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is POPS anonymous, different than the one above. It's true that a 6% win isn't a landslide, but he is only the 2nd Democrat since FDR to win over 50% of the vote, while 6 Repulican elections have been over 50%. By the way, it was LBJ in '64. Hold his feet to the fire. For which Obama? Course, it would have been which McCain? too.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Blogger "Molly McGee" said...

Ever since I read your comments this morning, gf, I keep thinking of Europe as Lydia and I hear her saying, "To think that I have done what none of my sisters have. And I the youngest of them all!"

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Blogger "Molly McGee" said...

Wait, I mean America is Lydia. Crap, I totally ruined that!

Thursday, November 06, 2008


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