May it be noted that I am indeed not an Obama lover or hater. I’ll admit it, I’m a registered Republican and I voted for him begrudgingly for reasons I need not go into, since the election is now o.v.e.r.
I’m gaining more respect for Mr. Obama as time passes.
Here’s why: I appreciate that he doesn’t appear to be all giddy-like over his overwhelming (and fleeting, as it is for all politicians) high public opinion at this moment. Oprah’s all up in his business, every celebrity is all up in his business AND he’s essentially carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.
And, he’s doing so with grace.
With eyes set on the prize, not on the hoopla.
What else he’s doing with eloquence is consistently reminding the American people each and every time he speaks that this “change” everyone has been chanting, chanting, chanting about is not going to happen overnight. No, in fact it may take a year. Or even a few years.
Let’s remember that, ok? Is this even something that our fast-food nation can understand?
Also, let’s remember that putting all of our faith in one human being, all of our eggs in one basket, is the ultimate curse – disappointment is inevitable. And, no man or woman can ever live up.
Instead, let’s remember that the change is our responsibility, as well. Not just his.
Stepping off soap box now…
One last comment: I find it to be truly momentous that for the first time in the history of this country, Black men and women will see someone who is more similar than different from them be voted into the post powerful office in this country, arguably the world, in less than 24 hours. Yes, yes, yes – ’tis a beautiful thing. Something worthy of note and respect.