Barack Obama is the President-Elect of the United States. In 11 weeks he will be sworn in as the 44th President of these United States. In the image below, an artist has reversed the biological history of the candidates to reflect Obama as a wholly White Man — with John Edwards’ infamous Nancy-boy haircut — and John McCain as a Black Man. If the image had truth instead of imagination — and the only thing changed in both men was the color of their skin — would John McCain have even been the Republican nominee?
The overwhelming support for Barack Obama yesterday was a historic shattering of a memeingful stereotype that hurt us all more than it helped the Racist few.
Those of us that stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our neighbors to vote for Barack were casting a wish upon the ocean that the hatred and the despair of the Rigid Right Wing would be forever silenced with goodness.
When Barack and Michelle cast their votes yesterday — with their young children by their hips — it was a monumental moment of national glee, human parity and a re-definition of The American Way.
Now the Republicans are left with the ashes of a movement that was dead eight years ago in the midst of two stolen elections.
However, I am convinced that it took John Kerry’s tragic, misbegotten, stolen, unfair, infuriating, loss in 2004 to create the necessary, furious, backlash for an overwhelming Barack Obama win today.
If Kerry had won, he would’ve been running for re-election in 2008 and John Edwards would be the next Democrat in line for the presidency.
The Barack and Hillary sideshow would’ve been pushed off to 2020 or beyond if they ever stood a chance to really compete against each other.
Let’s hope this is the last we’ve seen of Sarah Palin on a national, political, stage — but I doubt it. She’s had a taste of presidential manna and she won’t be going home and getting lost in Alaska any time soon.
Palin believes she’s the new standard-bearer for a party of miscreants, and perhaps, having her sink the Republicans even farther down the rabbit hole is the best thing for America in the long run.
She certainly will blame McCain for the loss and never herself.
Now Barack Obama must stand to save the nation to save the world and, unlike his predecessor, Obama understands how dire a threat he faces. The USA is out of money, blood, bodies, and the gumption to wage never-ending war.
On the night of his landslide victory over Hoover, in 1932, in the
depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt had an intimate conversation with his son James:
“You know, Jimmy,” Franklin said, “all my life I have been afraid of only one thing–fire. Tonight I think I’m afraid of something else.”
“Afraid of what, Pa?”
“I’m just afraid that I may not have the strength to do this job.” He paused reflectively. “After you leave me tonight, Jimmy, I am going to pray. I am going to pray that God will help me, that he will give me the strength and the guidance to do this job and to do it right. I hope that you will pray for me, too, Jimmy.”
Can Barack Obama still save America?
63 million people — 52% — voted their belief that Barack is the man of our moments.
We will give him our best.
We will offer him our hands.
We will bare our backs for him.
We will struggle with him to set the United States back on the fast track for humanity and goodness — but we all know it will take a lot of time and a lot of earned effort.
What do you think President Obama should fix first? Should he create jobs? Save the home market? Pull us out of the Middle East? Salvage the public education system? Fix Social Security? Ensure we all have proper national healthcare?
Where do we begin to start to feel good again after the swoon of the election strips us back into a cruel world?