Update: Check out a call for the church to move towards post-election reconciliation: Let’s Kiss and Make Up.
The picture below sums up why Obama’s presidency is truly historical. Many of us don’t really know because we’ve only seen it or felt it through the eyes and stories of others. As I shared in an earlier post, I wasn’t ga-ga about Obama but as a minority or person of color, I was overwhelmed and cried like a baby during his speech. But I could tell that my tears were different that those that flowed down and kept flowing down from the eyes of Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Toni Morrison, and others. There was a time when even the idea of a black person becoming the President of the United States was absolutely inconceivable.
Let me rephrase that in another way: The idea did not even exist.
And so maybe someday, we will see a female president, a Latino-American president, and even an Asian-American president. Last night, my children and I plotted my kids’ path to the Presidency in 2044. We’re not sure which kid it’ll be but here’s the crazy thing: We talked about it and it wasn’t crazy.
Whether Obama becomes a good president, only time will tell. But even if we disagree with HOW we get there or the methodolgy, all Americans should agree on many of our goals, right? I appreciated this comment from this occasional blog visitor who was NOT an Obama supporter:
While I don’t support his policies, I am hopeful for a great administration. His election is truly historic for America and represents how far we’ve come. I hope America is again enthused and energized to make positive change and really help solve some of the world’s problems though I may disagree with the method in which they are solved.
[Image source: No idea. Was emailed to me. Patrick Moberg]