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Me, by Jenn

Not as Cool as I Thought...

Posted on 2008.11.06 at 21:27
So, I thought I'd share a bit of my personal experience of Wednesday Morning, waking up in an America that had elected Barack Obama.

If you know me, you know I am tragically caucasion. You also know I'm a lefty liberal, happily voting for the guy with the "(D)" by his name because I want to be taxed hard, and my money spent on social programs and public good, while my government obeys the Constitution.

So my vote for Obama was a vote for liberalism, for inspiration, and for throwing the rascals out. That Obama happened to be black? Well, sure, that's pretty cool, but, no biggie. I mean, I'd be excited to see a woman in the White House, but that didn't make me like Sarah Palin. (I'd have been excited to vote for Hilary Clinton, though. Politics I believe in, and female to boot!)

So I didn't think I had more than a smile for the fact that we'd elected a black President. A magnificent speaker, a calm, intelligent, liberal leader? Hell, yeah! Black? That's nice.

So Wednesday Morning, I watched Obama's magnificent speech. Then I turned on a news show I enjoy, MSNBC's "Morning Joe," hosted by conservative Republican former Florida Congressman Joe Scarbrough. Scarbrough, reading headlines and showing clips like Oprah Winfrey and Jesse Jackson openly weeping in the streets of Chicago, is himself so moved he's choking up. And I, too cool for school, smile and nod, That's nice!

And we go to commercial. It's a stupid little Verizon Wireless commercial, in which the foreman of a group of dockworkers tells his crew that they now have push to talk, and, better than coming with holsters, the new cell phones come with a crowd of Verizon employees who follow a geeky guy around.

The foreman, a middle-aged, rough-hewn, life-worn black man, walks toward the camera, saying, "Everyone, today we move forward."

And tears spring to my eyes! Just like that, I'm on the verge of tears, seeing a black man talk about moving forward.

Yeah, not so cool and detached as I thought I was.


modestyrabnott at 2008-11-07 03:05 (UTC) (Link)

OMG you are so smoochable right now! *loves*
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2008-11-07 03:39 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! Yes! And this from a hottie within driving distance! FTW!
ashaherazade at 2008-11-07 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
You are just so sweet I can totally second that notion about you being smoochable.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2008-11-07 13:28 (UTC) (Link)
I am pretty damn cute, aren't I? And so humble!

Edited at 2008-11-07 01:28 pm (UTC)
alloy_ at 2008-11-07 07:02 (UTC) (Link)
I really hope we all do move forward, while I'm not an american, the thought of 4 more years of policy bankrupt denialist republicans was really depressing.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2008-11-07 13:32 (UTC) (Link)
It's lovely to see what really does look like the start of a new day. It looks like we've rejected economic darwinism and embraced progressive thought, turned back from conservative shamanism toward enlightenment.

We'll have to see if the steak lives up to the sizzle, but no matter what else happens, the United States has elected a black man with a "scary" name to the highest office in our land. And that counts for more with me than I thought it would.
mrsquizzical at 2008-11-07 07:21 (UTC) (Link)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2008-11-07 13:33 (UTC) (Link)
scribhneoir1 at 2008-11-07 08:36 (UTC) (Link)

I completely understand, I thought I was as detached as someone in a differet country can get, but after staying up to the early hours and hearing his magnificent speech...I got all choked up!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2008-11-07 13:35 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so surprised that the racial implications hit me so powerfully.
scribhneoir1 at 2008-11-07 21:56 (UTC) (Link)
it's interesting to see the sense of hope, especially across Europe, now...there really are global ramifications...inspiration is a powerful thing.
xedra at 2008-11-07 12:04 (UTC) (Link)
*glomps you*

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2008-11-07 13:35 (UTC) (Link)

Edited at 2008-11-07 01:36 pm (UTC)
natertatersmom at 2008-11-07 13:02 (UTC) (Link)

I love you, ya big dork.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2008-11-07 13:36 (UTC) (Link)
Dork? I have no idea what you mean!
amythis at 2008-11-07 14:57 (UTC) (Link)
You're cool in other senses. :-)
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