Friday, November 14, 2008

America


This is a little something from the "How Obama won" article in the new Rolling Stone that I thought summed up my feelings of the past few years quite nicely:

"This was a watershed election not just for our politics but for our culture. This election changed people's concept of what country they're living in. After the last election, there were a huge number of people who became alienated from their own country — it represented things that they couldn't identify with. The fact that an African-American could be elected made them feel, "I've got my country back — this is a place that I want to live again." It's created a fresh sense of hope. When Lincoln emancipated the slaves, he said that this was not only about changing the lives of black Americans, it was about changing the lives of white Americans too. This election is about that as well. It really has changed our culture forever."

- David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School at Harvard, who formerly served in the White House as a senior adviser to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.

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