Barack Obama- Hope for what was seemingly Lost
Not too long ago the hope of ever seeing a black man become president of the United States of America was sullen… for many there was no hope, even the dreams that some clung on to were tattered and fading. For countless years they had heard of and/or witnessed the discrimination and inequality that for many had become a way of life. These people were strong people, determined people, people who wanted justice, were grateful for their freedom and knew how long and tiresome the fight had been. They knew Rosa’s story, some marched with Martin when he fought the good fight. They believed in Martin’s dream and even though the odds were against them, they knew the fight was worth fighting. Then Martin was taken away from them. It were as if everything good that was ever given to them as a people only lasted for a season and that season was never long enough for the fight to be won. They dreamed that one day their diminishing hope would return in the form of something real. Barack Obama is that something real.
Upon his nomination for the presidential candidacy many were skeptical. They knew there was something about him, but with years of disappointments logged in their memory banks and the only progression being millimeters instead of leaps and bounds, it wasn’t easy to believe. It was hard to believe that maybe, just maybe their something real was happening. After all, who wanted to believe again when each and every time they believed, their hope was snatched from underneath them? It was hard for those who had fought, lived through the fight or even had the fight instilled in them to believe that someone that looked like them had a chance to become the President of the United States of America. It was unforeseen that in their lifetime someone that looked like them could represent them, could understand their plight and fight for what they believed in.
It took some time, but they began to believe again. They wanted to hear what this man had to say. Not just because he looked like them, but because something about his connection to the people lured them in. Something about how his words felt right made them feel included in his fight.
They also felt a since of warmth for the notion that he loved someone who looked like them, who connected to them, who could be their mother, sister, aunt or wife.
Their Black Love was admired and respected.
I stand with those people whose chests are swollen with pride today. I stand with those people who truthfully didn’t foresee a black man becoming president anytime in the foreseeable future. I stand with those people who appreciate Barack Obama’s commitment to the people and admire his dedication to family and to this country.
I stand with those that know the fight continues.
Congratulations President Barack Obama!
Inauguration 2009 from the Memphis Commercial Appeal
Barack Obama- A History in Photos from Rolling Stone Magazine
Last night as I watched President George W. Bush give his final farewell, I almost felt as if I were watching someone who was half heartedlyaccepting an award. Even with his bad decision making over the past eight years, somehow President Bush didn’t seem apologetic. Even when he mentioned his “few” mistakes the smug look on his face didn’t make that admission very believable. (even though my personal belief is that he is intoxicated the majority of the time so the look isn’t intentional)
In all fairness you don’t expect a President to address each and every shortfall and mistake made during his Presidency, but as citizens of the USA you at least expect him to say more than “You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made, but at least agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions”
Even if the tough decisions were the wrong decisions?
Is admitting to a few setbacks enough to make all of his blunders over the past 8 years seem not as big as they really were.
Many Americans lost faith in President Bush long before Barack Obama became a candidate to become the 44thpresident. Bush’s words began to fall on deaf ears long before many gained hope by Barack Obama’s plans for change.
George W. Bush stated last night that he has been honored to serve this country as the 43rd President, but have we been honored to have him?
Many would say no. Their contempt for the exiting president stem from reasons such as his lack of action concerning Hurricane Katrina, turning a blind eye to threats that led to 911, his actions after 911, the ruins once known as the economy, his views on sending our troops to an seemingly endless war and his inability to relate and communicate with the American people. With his “almost” admitting to a few “setbacks” and to the mountain of errors that he may never admit to, somewhere along the way he lost many of the American people. Sadly, after it was all said and done President Bush never tried to regain the faith of the American people, and that sealed the deal for many who wanted to believe in him as Commander In Chief.
George W. Bush says farewell and we gladly say goodbye!
Here is Keith Olbermann on the Commander In Chief’s farewell address.