Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Well, the post I started to write last night was entitled "It's the Delegates (Not the Popular Votes), Stupid!" But that seemed too harsh, and I never ended up finishing it, and I obviously did not post it.
Tonight I am writing a different post altogether - a conciliatory post if you will. It sucks to lose. I know what it feels like to have your back up against a wall that you did not build. I know what it feels like to be painted into a corner especially if you did the paint job. I can only imagine the hard feelings that are welling up in Hillary supporters tonight. But the jubilation that the rest of us are feeling at the fact that this country, this Democratic Party, has finally nominated a person of color is equally, if not, more momentous. I have goose-bumps on my arms, not unlike the goosebumps I felt when I first heard Barack Obama speak at the 2004 Democratic Convention. I said to myself then and there that we just heard from the first Black president of the United States. Here's a link to a transcript of that speech. Yeah.
This is from a blogger who uses the moniker "Scoopster" who blogs over at Four Freedoms Blog: "I've got my cola, I've got my ice cubes, I've got my smooth-sippin' rum...But most of all, I've got some great company with all of you here.. not just to witness some serious history but also in a celebration of what is destined to become the turning point of this country - away from some of the darkest times we have ever experienced. Tonight is truly the beginning of the end of the Bush criminal enterprise."
That is the most wonderful part of this evening - we, the people, will end the terror of the Bush/Cheney administration, we will end it on November 4, 2008, we will end it with a candidate who truly represents what America is all about. We will end it with a new beginning, a fresh start, a clean slate, with a man - a man whose mother was white, whose father was African, who was raised by his single mother and her parents, who lived for a while on food stamps, who attended public schools, but who earned his way into Harvard Law School where he was editor-in-chief of the prestigious Harvard Law Review, he who can captivate an audience with a handful of carefully chosen words, who inspires us to be better human beings, to be better Americans, to just be better. Thank goodness for Barack Obama for being in our world right here, right now, right on to the White House.
Transcript of Obama's Victory Speech in St. Paul, Minnesota.