Do you know how much I wish this were the official White House Presidential photo? Go here to read more about Baby the 3-legged poodle.
It’s funny—over the course of the past eight years, I have spent so much time counting down the months (days, minutes, seconds) until G.W.B. would be leaving office. That was what mattered to me for a long time, seeing him gone. (And today he leaves office with a 22% approval rating—the lowest in history.) At a certain point, though, my focus and concern shifted to where we were all headed once he left, and who was going to take his place. By the time Obama won the primary election, it was almost as though G.W.B. didn’t exist. And so, the celebrating I do today will not be to mark the end of Bush administration’s reign of terror, but to welcome Obama and his team to their new positions, and to mark the beginning of what I believe is the right path for this country.
Yesterday on WAMC I listed to Clarence B. Jones, a former speech writer and advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., speak about his book, What Would Martin Say?. He concluded the interview by saying that the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States is a reflection less of Obama’s personal accomplishments than it is of where we have come as a country, together. He said this not to diminish Obama’s capabilities and potential for excellence as a president, but to remind us all of just how historically significant this moment is, and what it says about us as Americans. What a joyful thought!
Let’s savor that feeling today—we have a lot of work to do tomorrow.