THE MAN IS ANOTHER LINCOLN
I thought as I turned on the TV tonight to watch Obama's half hour special plitical talk that he would probably be as good as usual. I also new that there was a lot of effort put into making this last nation wide appearance a good show. But I also wondered how is he going to top the first speech he made at the convention years ago which introduced him to the American people. And how could he possibly top his I am going to run for President speech in Illinois? And most certaintly he would have a really difficult time making me feel more thrilled to be in his company than I was waiting for three hours for him to appear in Washington Square Park at his brilliantly inspiring New York University speech.
I debated for a few minutes as to whether or not I should bother taping the next thirty minutes. In fact I decided about 20 seconds too late to record it all. But I was smart enough to put the tape on and captured the last 29.97 minutes. And was it worth it.
There were only three other times in my 71 years that I have been as enthralled with the possibility of voting for a politician I really respected. One was John F. Kennedy. One was volunteering to help Mark Lane run for Congress. And one was voting for Clinton.
But outdoing them all and certain I am right about my positive feelings and thoughts is watching and basking in the inspiring glow of Barak Obama along with his beautiful family, and Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The show was brilliant - a knock out - reflecting the best of him. Remarkably restrained, sensitive, even keeled, intelligent, comprehensive, authentic, decent, totally without guile. A remarkable piece of statesmanship.
I have been bitter and angry for a long while about the sorry state of affairs this country unjder the so called leadership of Bush and Cheney. I can empthasize with those who have and are cynical about all those "politicians" one as bad as the other. Get real, it is said, they are all equally bad. They will say anything to get elected. In general I agree. But I also know that when a person is truly honest, has integrity therefore is trustworthy, then that person says what he means, and means what he says.
I feel I could go on and on and on and indeed am aware that I am making a leap of faith yet to be backed up by consistent good works if Obama is - as I expect him to be - elected next week.
But I would be absolutely amazed if my obviously strong positive feelings are wrong. And right this minute I am truly proud to be an American citizen and am looking forward to getting to the polls to be the number one voter casting my vote for the Cemocratic candidates.
God Bless America! God bless the World!