I am proud to be an American. I am excited that Minhee will vote in the presidential election for the very first time. And I am grateful that our children are U.S. citizens; we’ve enjoyed speaking to them about the privilege and importance of voting. It’s certainly not a perfect country but we spend so much time “breaking down” our faults that we sometimes forget that it is a special country. And precisely for that reason, much has been given and much is to be expected.
One of the reasons why I think highly of my country is because of the two fine candidates we have for the President of the United States. Watching every second of these videos from the Alfred E. Smith dinner [the day after the 3rd debate] not only made me laugh so hard but also reminded me that we have two solid candidates – even if they do have some “fundamental” differences. These videos are funnier than ANY SNL skit I have ever seen! Do yourself a favor and enjoy them. Much props to Senators McCain and Obama. One of you will become the next President of the United States.
John McCain’s stand up routine. Where was this McCain during the debates?
And here’s Obama’s stand up routine.
[fast forward this to 4:10 for transition from video above]
I especially loved this quote from Senator McCain:
“I don’t want it getting out of this room, but my opponent is an impressive fellow in many ways,” McCain said. “Political opponents can have a little trouble seeing the best in each other. But I’ve had a few glimpses of this man at his best and I admire his great skill, energy and determination. It’s not for nothing, but he’s inspired many folks in his own party and beyond. Senator Obama talks about making history and he’s made quite a bit of it already. There was a time when the mere invitation of an African-American citizen to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage and an insult. Today is a world away from the cruelty and prideful bigotry of that time – and good riddance. “I can’t wish my opponent luck, but I do wish him well.”
h/t: bob blog