Column: GoBama

This was predictable:

We’re a pessimistic and suspicious bunch, Americans, especially lately. We haven’t exactly had a lot to sing in the streets about. Two wars going badly, too many soldiers killed and wounded and coming home to substandard care. An economy on the verge of complete collapse. Leaders most of us don’t like very much. A housing crisis, price increases and every day some new vegetable is giving people salmonella; it never ends.

Through it all we’ve been bunkered down, buttoned up against the ill wind blowing. We’ve been afraid to move lest we draw the attention of the bad fortunes sweeping the country, afraid to put our necks out lest the ax find them.

President-Elect Obama warned his overjoyed supporters Tuesday night that it would take more than just one joyful yawp to erase the destruction of the past eight years:

“Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage or pay their doctors’ bills or save enough for their child’s college education. There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.”

Winning, in many ways, is harder than losing. If Obama had lost, he and all his supporters could have gone home and licked their wounds for a while. Gotten some sleep. Gone back to the lives they knew before and the country they knew before and continued on working and playing, looking back on their brief shining moment as a safe part of the past.

Winning means more work, and not just for Obama.


2 thoughts on “Column: GoBama

  1. i’m getting together with some of the people i was phonebanking with to start a community organization to help kids find their path.
    we’ve got a surprising amount of talent.
    on yesterday’s countdown with keith one of his guests had a list of all the new words which include “obama” or “barack.” there were dozens of them. my favorite — “baracket science.”
    the road won’t be easy but it’s sure going to be a lot more fun.

  2. Eh, from all indications he’s just going to listen to the Village and become a Republican, and have a Republican administration full of Republicans, putting Republican schemes and failed ideas into motion. What a fucking, miserable waste.

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