Thursday, November 6, 2008

Perhaps more naive than most, I did expect to see an African-American president elected in my lifetime. I still expect to see a woman, and I hope that she is Michelle Obama.

What I did not expect to see in my lifetime: A U.S. president whose election brought tears of joy and relief, not only to me, but to people across the world. I did not expect to see the election of a U.S. president who would restore dignity to the office he held. I did not expect to see the election of a president whom I consider brilliant in the ways that matter to me. I did not expect a president whom I consider sane. I did not expect my first choice of Democratic candidate to ever, ever win. And I did not expect that there would, in my lifetime, be any rational basis for hope for the future of this country.

The night that Bush "won" his second term, the only constructive action that I could think of was to make a CD of the "I Have A Dream" speech; MLK's speech against the war in Vietnam, which, arguably, led to his death; snippets from iconic figures ranging from Bobby Kennedy to Muhammad Ali; The Five Stairsteps' "Ooh Child," as well as every cover of the song (even the one by Cyndi Lauper); Rasputina's covers of "I Wish You Were Here" and "Hallelujah"; and every recording I could find of my beloved yoga teacher Michele Baker's Siva chants. I put the cd in the car and listened to it for six months straight. I figured I could at least dream.

Thank you, Barack Hussein Obama.


Anonymous said...

I never expected to be moved to fly the American flag (I won't go that far) or put it on my blog (I did).

Anonymous said...

It was a great day, indeed.

Professor Zero said...

OT: look at this CFP

It's in Kingston in June. I have been to this conference before and it is very lovely. Should we go?

A.F. said...

Wow, Professor Zero! That sounds *great*! The only problem is that I have never written anything related to Carribean studies. I did do coursework in post-colonialism...15 years ago. Hm. I know that one doesn't have to write to go, but it would be nice to have a chance to have it at least partially funded.

Thanks so much for tuning me in! I'm *seriously* looking into it.