Wednesday, November 5, 2008

- Obama

I am without words.  I worked the election yesterday, and when I got home I found out that Obama won.  I cried!!!

He is a bi-racial man, a first generation American (on one side), he has achieved the highest office this country has, and he will become president in 2009...the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday.

My daughter will be a bi-racial woman.  She will be a first generation American (on one side), she can achieve her hearts desire, and I can tell her that with no shadow on my heart, with no hopefulness in my voice, I can tell her that knowing it is true, know it can/has been done.  I can point to Obama and tell her, tell my step-son tell my future children, they are equal in the eyes of the majority. 

Yesterday we as a country achieved something that I was taught would never happen in my life.  I was taught this by my very liberal Bay Area elementary school teachers.  The taught it with regret, with sadness and with frustration, but they taught it nonetheless.  I now know what my parents taught me is true.  No matter what, things can/will change.  If someone tells you it cant be done, they're wrong, they just cant see beyond their own experiences.  Learn to look and see the possibilities and anything can happen.

A man was elected not due to the color of his skin, but the beliefs that he held, and he was elected 'despite' (for lack of a better word) the color of his skin.  The issue wasn't his ethnicity or the birth country of his parents, but did we as a people belive he was the best man for the job.  The answer was YES, and that is wonderful to me.
Ok, I'm not without words.....