The sun set on today’s festivities with the parade drawing to a close. As a random major state university marching band gave way to a random high school marching band from an even more random state gave way to a random branch of our esteem (and may I hasten to add damned near broken) branch of the armed forces, I found that I had had enough pomp and circumstance and started peering behind the curtain of the elaborate show that had been put on in the interest of flaunting our nation’s seamless transition of power. Upon seeing not a whole hell of a lot other than the usual Event Planning stuff and a whole bunch of money that perhaps could have found a better purpose behind said curtain, I decided to get on with my day and ponder what tomorrow might bring.
I really wonder how much all those millions (and millions, (Johnson, D)) of people thought about what happens AFTER the party was over.
Yeah, you thought the ride here was a long time in coming…It hasn’t even gotten interesting yet.
Let there be NO question, folk.
The Stakes is HIGH. This is not a game where you can slide in one or two chips and think you are going to keep up with the pot. You better ante up like you want to win, or you’re just wasting your own time and everyone elses.
Barack Hussein Obama did not throw the life of three four wonderful Black Women/Girls into absolute turmoil for shits and giggles. He did that because he felt the call to serve this country at a time where CLEARLY we were in desperate need of change(hope, too).
The man sensed that we were ready NOW and jumped in 8-12 years ahead of any reasonable man’s timetable knowing full well the risks that came along with it.
He bet on US, not the other way around.
We need to not let him down.
Party up and sleep soundly folk…tomorrow starts the real work.
I was gonna post something…but this is >>>>anything I woulda posted.
see y’all tomorrow.
ARLINGTON – An American flag and the way it has been displayed is at the center of a dispute between neighbors that began after the 2008 presidential election.
Ever since 9/11, Arlington neighbors Patrick O’Toole and Sharon Garner both flew the American flag patriotically in front of their homes, until now.
In protest to the election results, O’Toole now flies a black flag above an upside down American flag.
“I just don’t think it’s American,” said Garner. “I just don’t think it’s neighborly. We have children that live in our neighborhood and I’m sure their parents have to explain to them why that flag is hanging like that.”
The flag is something Garner holds close to her heart. In fact, the American flag is painted on Garner’s birdhouse and bench.
“I love the flag,” she said. “I love what it stands for. I love the colors red, white and blue. [It] makes me feel good to display it.”
It’s a sentiment she said she thought she shared with her neighbor.
“He hangs his flag everyday, and he hangs it properly,” she said. “It’s displayed like it should be and he brings it down at dusk every day.”
But, O’Toole said there is a reason behind the act.
“The black flag is because our country is dying,” he said. “It’s never been more divided than it is right now. The upside down American flag is because the country is in distress.”
The Navy vet and history teacher is upset that the Democratic ticket took the White House.
“It is not about race and don’t ever throw the race card at me,” he said. “It’s about values. It’s about people that work hard and want to keep what they own.”
Garner said she didn’t vote for Obama either.
“The election is over,” she said. “It’s happened and we need to come together like we did in 9/11 and support each other and deal with it.”
But, O’Toole stood by his decision and said he has flown the flag since the 5th grade and didn’t make the decision in haste.
Wonder what gave him THAT idea.
Great Journalist writing the cover story.
Barack Obama could not run his campaign for the Presidency based on political accomplishment or on the heroic service of his youth. His record was too slight. His Democratic and Republican opponents were right: he ran largely on language, on the expression of a country’s potential and the self-expression of a complicated man who could reflect and lead that country. And a powerful thematic undercurrent of his oratory and prose was race. Not race as invoked by his predecessors in electoral politics or in the civil-rights movement, not race as an insistence on tribe or on redress; rather, Obama made his biracial ancestry a metaphor for his ambition to create a broad coalition of support, to rally Americans behind a narrative of moral and political progress. He was not its hero, but he just might be its culmination.
No. No. No.
This is not the end of the damn journey.
No, it isn’t the beginning, but it damn sure ain’t the end.
It better not be, because I got about 6 or seven more stops to ride before I get where I wanna go.
*calls his job to tell them he will be late….just so he can hear the renewed “hate” in Rush Limbaugh’s voice.*
*nods to himself…Yes, We did.*
*heads off to work, because he still has no words*
Three hours later…I am still trying to sort through the emotions. I have seen my share of history, and to be honest, I have seen more bad than good.
Today. There is no doubt. This is the greatest historical moment of my lifetime. I am appreciative that my Grandmother, who was born before the advent of radio in a segregated Washington, DC, was able to live to see this day; a day that I never thought I would see myself; a day that I thought my young children would have the chance to bring about, appeared almost over night.
America elected a man who embodies all that is good about this nation.
I would like to take this moment to acknowledge Senator John McCain, who showed a grace in defeat that was reminiscent of all that we hold admirable in him, but has been sorely lacking in the past few years.
Senator McCain, you are a great American and I honor your service and appreciate your candor and grace in defeat.
As for your supporters, I will ignore my own impulses and exercise the grace of my President-Elect and encourage you to join us in advancing the fortunes of our great country.
There is much to do and I hope you are as anxious to engage in the process of the next step as I am.
I am emboldened by his words and I look forward to the next step in this improbably journey.
But first…allow me to enjoy my moment.
This man’s wife passed away and he promptly went down to join the campaign as a volunteer.
Do not let his work be in vain.