GeeZ: Four years ago I saw Barack Obama’s address at the Democratic Convention, and was totally blown away. I remember being awed by this young guy who seemed to come from nowhere and who made this eloquent and heartfelt speech. I have no idea what he said, but I do remember thinking this was a guy whom we had not heard the last of.
Here it is four years later and he is just a few weeks from being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. What a whirlwind from basic obscurity to the White House.
I followed the election fairly closely. I mean I knew who the candidates were for the most part, I knew who the vice presidential candidates were. I knew who Joe the Plumber was. I knew who Cindy McCain was. I knew who Bill Ayers,Jeremiah Wright and Father Flager were. I heard all the dirt for sure.
Barack Obama is totally a Rock and Roll President in my mind. He has risen like a rock star. He certainly has some degree of talent, but like Miley Cyrus or The Jonas Brothers (Nick, Joe, and Kevin–yes ChiQ they are starting to stick–and what about this Bonus Jonas??) he seems to have been almost “produced” into the Presidency. Like Miley and the Bros. Jonas, he has been handled and managed with all the skill and aplomb of the Disney Machine.
Hopefully, he will be able to step out from behind the marketing machine that produced him into the White House. Hopefully, he will be able to shake off the doubt many Americans share regarding his experience andhis judgement. Hopefully, he will be able to successfully distance himself from the Chicago Political Machine and Governor Blagojevich.
Hopefully he will prove to be not to be merely an incredible stage show, slick choreography and a front for the band. Hopefully, he will stand tall and lead.
What sez you ChiQ? Did you know there’s about to be a new sheriff in town?
ChiQ: well, this may sound strange but i purposely did NOT closely follow the election. it was my little way of rebelling against all the teachers and students (WHO may i add cannot even vote yet…). the election was the topic of choice in so many situations for so long, and i saw my friends and classmates getting into heated and heavy dabates about the issues, some of which even ending in tears. i just kept thinking to myself “why do you feel the need to judge people based on their morals and political beliefs? why do you feel the need to push YOUR ideas on others? why do you feel the need to tear down the other candidate so you can build yours up, even though you KNOW he has just as many faults?” it drove me crazy! so rather than subject myself to passion filled arguements, i kept myself out of the whole thing and my opinions quiet.
As for the new prez, i certainly hope he can bring the change he’s been preachin’ about to the choir. this is a time when, clearly, America has been very divided because of an election. with the economy going all whack and iraq still a cloud over our heads, i hope Mr. Obama has a plan to spring us out of the slump America is in now. We can’t be divided. not now. we have to stick together and support each other as we hit this bump in the road. i dont care if you’re republican. he’s in office now and there’s nothing you can do about it. so stop hoping he fails and gets humiliated. start hoping he’s going to be a great thing for this country and guide us through our times of trouble. i know i am.