Monday, November 03, 2008

A vote for Obama

I am not an exceptional person.

I may be smart and talented but I am not what you’d call exceptional. Like all of us, I often wish I’d tried harder in school or that I’d gone to a better college or that I’d aced the SAT’s or that I was smarter or that I could run fast and catch footballs for a living. But, alas, I am by most standards an average American, with an average job and an average life.

Or perhaps a fake American, given that I do live in sinful Los Angeles.

But that does not mean I’m not important to America. Nor does it mean I don’t care deeply about this country or that I don’t believe stubbornly and whole-heartedly in its promise.

I do.

So just once—well, hopefully twice— I want to cast a vote for someone who is the very definition of exceptional.

I want to cast my vote for someone who loves this country as much as I do.

I want to cast it for someone who also understands this country’s promise and the importance of that promise in the world we live in.

I’d like to vote for someone who is the embodiment of the best in us, not the worst.

I’d like to vote for someone who can move this country forward, not tear it apart.

I’d like to vote for someone who isn’t burdened with Vietnam or daddy issues or a feeling of needing to prove something.

But more than anything, I’d like to vote for someone who is interested in making the lives of all Americans better, not just the Americans who voted for him. Seems to me that’s what the job of President is about.

Should we somehow fail tomorrow, all I’ll say is this: is it such a bad thing to have voted for someone who represents a better future for all of us rather than someone who simply represents some return to some mythical time when things were better?

The world is watching. Our country is watching. We’re all watching.

My dream is to go to sleep tomorrow night a better country than we are tonight. My dream is to be a part of the generation that finally turns the corner. My dream is that all the work that people like Charles Alexander and thousand of others have done will not have been in vain.

That should be your dream, too.

Let's make it come true tomorrow. For all of us.


Blogger a/ok said...

I want to give him a big hug, but I'll give Obama my vote instead.

12:12 AM  
Blogger Howard said...

God bless you, Angie. I'm gonna do the same.

12:36 AM  
Blogger biggy said...


12:00 PM  
Blogger ButtonHole said...

Very nice. Beautiful, really. You're very exceptional in your expression!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...


3:57 PM  
Blogger minus five said...

god asked me to choose between getting another national championship for the longhorns or getting barack obama for president. as hard as it was, i decided it was best to be a maverick and put my country first.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

That was the first thing I said after Saturday: lord, let us win on Tuesday and all is forgiven.

8:15 PM  

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