The inagural events and rediculous coverage have set my mind ablaze with reflection.
Bear with me as I digress.
This election cycle has left me disillusioned on many fronts.
To set the stage let me say I am neither disappointed, upset, nor emotionally/spiritually/religiously enthralled as a result of this election cycle. I guess I missed some boat that sailed from port some time ago. Maybe 24 hour news, the popularity of politics this year, or the shear opulence expressed in the campaigns of all involved has lead me to several conclusions...
1. I am a cynical a** hole ( we all new this)
2. Elections really are for sale or at least that is the preception set by the 24 hr balance sheets on money raised by contestants.
3. I use the term contestant purposely
4. Things said on TV to win the game show are not applicable outside of the recording studio
But the most disturbing thing to me was the concept that Americans never thought they'd live to see the day and African American would be president??? And most of those who wouldn't believe it were African American or of a minority group?(or at least that is who was asked the question by every news bimbo that could corner someone). I ran into this problem in my leadership conference I attended a few years ago. We were having a discussion on race relations in leadership positions and I was the only one in the room under 30. These issues were alive and beating in the room and I was disappointed in both sides.
I am offended(not something easily done) that the country, especially minorities can't believe it actually happened. Who'd of thought a black man would or could achieve, or form complete sentences? "He's such an eloquent articulate black man?"http://www.entertonement.com/clips/18788/Joe-Biden/Barack-Obama/2008-Election/Attributes Do you here the words coming out of your mouth? Seriously, I may be off the reservation here but these are the words I hear and it offends me.
That's Right a man of modest means, got up one day and said I want to change my life and help people along the way. I want to work, and learn, and pursue the nobelists of causes as I see they
I for one am not surprised, I can believe it, and if more people would believe in themselves they too could attain high goals. While I am bothered by the sentiment of others I hope that this will be a clarion call to remind all people that if you get off your can and work and don't let stereotypes drive your ambitions or limit your aspirations we could be the place I thought we were all along.
as for me what do I think of Barak Obama being elected president... I had no doubt he could and more than likely would be elected. I think he has a full plate. I am more concerned that we have little checks and balances in our federal government than I am the political leanings of the president. I think he is a far more tactful and eloquent leader than we had before. I will pass on judging his performance as president until he has done it(unlike many who would judge his future actions on his ability to tell us how it will be) I am impressed with his determination and share some of his goals(although the path to those goals is a different matter) and as always I believe he will as all presidents, do what he feels and thinks is best for America.
And I am not the least bit surprised he did it, it is a moment of pride for America but its most defiantly only the latest and not the first.