It’s hard to articulate with words but it’s very clear that there’s something significant going on with the presidential elections. As I’ve shared before: Never in my thoughts did I imagine that in my lifetime, I would experience the legitimate candidacy of the following three individuals: a candidate [John McCain] at the age of 72 [if voted] and 80 if he completes 2 terms; a woman [Hilary Clinton], and an African-American [Barack Obama]. But there’s something deeper going on and perhaps, some of it is can be broadly encapsulated with that buzzword: change.
For example, at one of the caucuses hosted at Q Cafe last Saturday, they shared that about 150 folks showed up 4 years ago. This past Saturday, crowds of up to 500 supposedly came to participate in the caucus.
So, how would you articulate what’s going on?
While ‘change’ can be a good thing, it can also be dangerous, painful and revolutionary. With both Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, their literal candidacies represent change – particularly Obama. And because of his increasing visibility, I continue to grow fearful for his life. I hate to say it but I just do which is the reason why I wasn’t surprised to read this. It may have caused a mini-uproar but it makes sense to me. It’s not an indictment on the American people but a reminder that there are “some” stupid cuckoo idiots out there.
British Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing caused uproar last night by predicting the assassination of Barack Obama if he becomes the first black U.S. president.
The 88-year-old novelist’s remarks came as the Democratic candidate toasted the most successful day in his White House campaign.
Mr Obama, the 46-year-old son of a black Kenyan man and a white American, dismissed Mrs Lessing’s comments.
Miss Lessing said: “He would probably not last long, a black man in the position of president. They would kill him.” [read full article]
Today, a friend here in Seattle sent me a text message reporting a sighting of a “Kill Obama” graffiti on the side of a public bus. Crazy.
As the presidential elections plays itself out, I find myself regularly praying for the safety of the respective candidates – especially Obama.