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11/09/2008

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Katiebell

Waaahooo.    Testify.

For me it means I can be pround of being American again.  Most Americans don't travel abroad that often, so they don't know what its like to have to cringe when showing the passport. 

The Secret Service needs to be on "That One" like white on rice. 

Random Musings

I agree with what you have written. It felt good to watch his press conference on Friday. I have not watched Bush on tv since his first few appearances eight years ago. I had to read about it because I could not listen to him or watch him.

The first word that popped into my head early Wednesday morning was hope. For the first time in a long, long time, I feel hope for our country. We have never been a country afraid of hard work and I feel hope that we can do the hard work.. together.  

I cannot place full blame on Bush, however. Our Congress, our elected representatives have let us down over and over again.  They did not use their checks and balances to try to control what has been happening.  I hope the face of Congress is changing and the attitudes of those who remained there is changing.  I can't get over the shock of seeing the ages of some of the Senators who are in power.  They are linked to past ideas and are not changing. And some of them just keep getting re-elected by their constituents.   

Carol

[this is good] I agree with what you said about President-Elect Obama not having true experience in the 'American black experience'. While I am thrilled that Obama was elected, I am very surprised no one in the media bought up the facts, as you have, that Obama is not descendant of African slaves, but from Kenya. (Well, I think CNN did, but they don't bring it up enough.) I guess it doesn't matter to many African-Americans here in the U.S. Perhaps to them, Obama is black and where he comes from doesn't matter. But, I am disappointed that not one of the more well-known African-Americans such as Maya Angelou or Donna Brazile (from ABC news) hasn't pressed this fact.  And, I'm also a bit distressed that Obama is not referred to as the 'first mixed race President-Elect. That would be more accurate.

Now I can better understand what Michelle Obama said when she said for the first time she is proud of her country. She took a lot of flack for that, but now that Obama is going to steer our country for the next four years, I feel proud that the majority of us saw through the attacks and the fear-mongering about Obama being Muslim, a terrorist, etc, etc. I'm proud that the people wanted an intelligent, thoughtful man in office. I look forward to his press conferences, which is a big thing for me. Most importantly, I look forward to (slow) improvement in America's standing with foreign countries and improvements here at home.

DoctorD42

I have not heard the term "mixed race" used to describe Obama, but I have heard it said that he is the first "Hawaiian" president.  He is the product of such a diverse "racial" and "cultural" background, as is not unusual in Hawaii, plus of course partly being raised in Indonesia, he really seems like a "global" citizen to me.  

And he is being accepted with such enthusiasm in so many other nations.  That seems a big plus!
A relative of ours is just now off on a diplomatic mission in Germany.  We are curious to see if he is received unusually warmly because of the election's results.  

AmyBB

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Katiebell

I think the fact that Obama was not descended from slaves etc is not really that important that it needs to be pressed by important people in the African American community or elsewhere.  He was elected to lead this country not be a representative African American. 

That said, I like you, share a hope for the future of our country. 

Sean & Stefan

I think you are correct on all 3 counts. Obama, however, has a chance as well to end perceptions about black and African-Americans as well as change the face literally of our foreign policy as well.

Jenn F.

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