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Liam was sitting next to me on the couch as I watch Obama's victory speech. He was mostly paying attention to the Dora episode on the other computer, but occasionally he would hop over to look at my screen when the cheers got particularly loud.

"Is that the government?" he asks.

I tell him that this our new president. As Obama's speech concludes and the crowd waves their flags in unison, he asks me why they're doing that. Choking up, tears in my eyes, I tell them it's because they are all so very happy that he has won.

I feel, but don't say, the history of the moment. That maybe some day Liam will remember watching this particular victory speech, the milestone it marks, the barrier it crossed. But I don't say anything to him about it now, because I don't want him to know that this country might ever have thought that someone couldn't be "the government" because of the color of his skin.

I hope, I believe, that the Obama presidency will be notable for far more than his race. A friend said to me that he was afraid people were going to be deeply disappointed in Obama. "They're all expecting him to change the world," he said. But I think the power he has already shown to motivate and inspire the people, to move them and get them moving, means we don't have to wait for St. Obama to save the world. If we all get motivated and inspired, maybe we can do it ourselves.

Date: 2008-11-05 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bardicwench.livejournal.com
But I think the power he has already shown to motivate and inspire the people, to move them and get them moving, means we don't have to wait for St. Obama to save the world. If we all get motivated and inspired, maybe we can do it ourselves.

So true. And I think it can happen... it needs to.

Date: 2008-11-05 01:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mrs-sweetpeach.livejournal.com
Extremely well said, Tammy.

I'm seriously concerned that Obama will be assassinated. I keep thinking he's the Kennedy of our Generation. Which is a bit misleading as I do have one memory of Kennedy. I was still a toddler when he was shot; I remember my mother sitting on the edge of our coffee table, looking at the tv, and crying. And my brother and I repeatedly asking, "What's wrong, Mama? What's wrong?" We didn't have the concept of things on the tv being real at that age; the pictures on the screen were just that, moving, talking pictures but no more real than, say, a Dr. Seuess book.

I don't expect Obama to change the world, but I do think he can inspire and motivate people to change it. My dearest hope is that he lives to do that, and my biggest fear is that the right-wing nuts and/or white supremacists won't give him the chance.

On a completely unrelated note, did you ever see your birthday card? If not, pop on over to my LJ and take a look. You'll need to scroll down to your day, of course.

Date: 2008-11-05 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mecmom.livejournal.com
What a beautiful image. I had tears when I heard McCain's concession speech. It was beautiful and inspiring and for the moment it silenced the boos that were coming from the hateful aspects of his followers. I think he has big work to do to UNDO the damage of calling for the support of the ugliest thoughts and feelings in some of us Americans.

Best wishes to all of us on this bright day!

Date: 2008-11-05 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] markbhall.livejournal.com
maybe we can do it ourselves

"Yes we can."

Hear hear.

Date: 2008-11-05 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thirdbird.livejournal.com
I don't say anything to him about it now, because I don't want him to know that this country might ever have thought that someone couldn't be "the government" because of the color of his skin.

YES. I was thinking something like this yesterday while watching the results come in with Zoe, but I didn't have the words to articulate it even to myself. Yes, exactly.

Date: 2008-11-06 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahf.livejournal.com
Exactly. Thank you. That's what people who don't get it don't get, if you know what I mean. That we think he's amazing not because we expect him to change the world but because he dares us to do it.

And I've thought often in the past couple of days that Isaac's never going to understand the concept of anyone not being able to be what they want to be. That's incredibly beautiful.

Thank you

Date: 2008-11-06 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legocoach.livejournal.com
"Is that the government?"
Yes, that crowd of people is the government. It's called democracy, and we've been working at it for centuries. We just got a little closer.

And I've heard the worry that Obama will disappoint, that he cannot deliver on all he promises. But you're right -- what he promises is simply this: that WE can accomplish the best of our hopes and aspirations. This has always been true, but our cynicism has gotten in our way. Now there are, as Sarah's students told her, no excuses. Whatever the problem, the answer has always been, "Yes we can."

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