Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Livin' in America


American life has, for a moment at least, taken on a deeper significance, hit some higher ground, somehow rounded third and headed safely home. What an unusual feeling--a gentle euphoria. It's good, it's right, it's proper, it's earned, and, yup, it's deserved. For once, no dreams deferred. Adding to the pervasively unreal state of mind was a concession speech that had more than a touch of grace to it and a victory speech that spoke to the intangibles of change and dreams and possibly a little working class something-something around the corner. As my hero Iggy Pop once repeatedly howled, "I feel alright!"

4 comments:

diane meloccaro said...

I couldn't agree more! I feel so lucky to have been part of this amazing and beautiful moment in the history of this country. We have seen it go, in our lifetime, from a place where a black man could not even choose his own seat on a bus to him holding the highest office in the government. This country's consciousness took a giant leap forward last night, and what you (and we all) are feeling right now is a state of grace. Let's hope it reaches it's full potential.

skylolo99 said...
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skylolo99 said...

Joy and rapture!
Here's to an end to settling for the least bad choice and an end to mediocrity. I hope he is a great president. I'm proud for the first time in a very long time to be an American.

j almonte said...

Indeed an historical event! As the first African American president elected 40 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, as expressed by Senator McCain, has energized and brought into our electoral process the previously disenfranchised. Our new president, a young, energetic, intelligent leader has much to offer our country and world. I pray for him as he faces the many challenges and pressures of being President of the United States of America.

Having recognized all this, I am deeply disappointed that his advocacy for the vulnerable does not extend to the rights of the unborn. President Obama campaigned under the banner of “change we need”. I hope and pray that he be open to change his view and track record with regard to the most innocent and vulnerable persons of our society.