I’ve struggled to write this post, not because I didn’t want to; but because it has been so difficult for me to express how my thoughts. While I haven’t been thoughtless, the excitement of this moment has left me relatively speechless.
Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.
Well duh, you probably already knew that if you’re a person who’s half breathing.
I always thought that at some point in my life, there would be a black president. I just didn’t think it would be this soon. Perhaps the reality of racism, lack of opportunity for some, and the pervasiveness of poverty that still inhabits the black community discouraged me. Perhaps it was the fact that everyone hyped up Hillary Clinton. Maybe it just seemed to soon.
But it’s not. And it’s incredible.
I remember watching the speech that Senator Obama gave in 2004, at the Democratic National Convention, and thinking, “this guy is gonna do something amazing one day.” Here we are, 4 years later, and amazing has happened.
The genuine desire for change in America, the belief that the way things are is not how they have to be resonates well with me- along with many other Americans. There’s a large amount of dissatisfaction in this country with the way things are, and I think that we all have gotten accustomed to the status quo. More than anything, I’m excited to see my country energized and excited about the political process, discussing the candidates, and paying attention instead of passively watching it all pass us by.
All things considered…now until November will be very interesting and exciting.
Obama ’08: Yes, We Can!