filed in balderdash on Nov.05, 2008
The week really couldn’t have started off much better from a superficial standpoint. The Buccaneers pulled off the biggest comeback in their history and won a game they probably had no business winning on Sunday afternoon, and then justice was served on Monday night when Chris Jericho became a world champion again. (I know certain people won’t agree with that second one, but in all honesty, those people don’t have a clue.)
However, both of these paled in comparison to the events of last night.
I had someone on the DMB Warehouse boards ask me after watching our next president speak whether I was more proud to be an American last night than any other night. And to that, I said no. As much as George Carlin (one of my personal heroes) railed against this, I can’t help but be proud of my country, and I always have been. I’ve always believed that America had the capacity – and, more importantly, the wisdom – to do great things. John McCain could have been a good president, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t think he had the potential to be a great president – and Barack Obama not only has the potential to be great, but he has the potential to be transcendent – the type of president that we mention in the same breath as Lincoln, Kennedy, & FDR.
More importantly for me, though, is that for the first time in my adult life, there will be a man in the White House that I can believe in. It wasn’t just the policies of George W. Bush that I could not support – it was also the attitude with which he treated middle-class citizens like myself, and the appearance he put on that being president was essentially something he was winging, making up as he went along, etc. That impulsiveness scared me, and I saw much of that same impulsiveness in John McCain during the campaign season. (Never mind that McCain disheartened me by betraying who he was eight years ago to put himself in a position to win.)
Barack Obama’s talked about two virtues from day one: Change, and hope. Change is easy to impart, because it doesn’t always have to be the right change. And to impart the right change, you can’t be impulsive. You have to have a plan, and it has to be based around those people that need to benefit from it the most. And it has to be communicated to those people in a clear, consistent, and non-condescending fashion. Obama’s done that from day one, and that – above all else – is what makes hope possible.