Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Michelle

I'm going to geek out on you a little now.

I cried a little last night hearing Michelle Obama speak. She was great.

I admire Hillary Clinton. But, sadly, she isn't what this country wants. This country is still looking for warmth and compassion in its leaders and their spouses. Bill's got that warmth. Hillary has never had it. Whipsmart she may be, however, she does not come across as warm, loving, and someone who could lift this country up in a time of crisis or need (she could be calm, cool, and stable, but that's not always what we want or look for in female leadership). From Eleanor Roosevelt to Jacqueline Kennedy and now Ms. Obama, I think what we're all hoping to find is a National Mommy. Someone who will help pick us up when we fall, remaining calm and strong in a crisis, but showing us her warmth, compassion, and humanity all the while.

I saw all of that, along with a blazing intelligence and passion for doing the right thing, in Michelle Obama last night.

I would be proud to have her as First Lady and to have her husband in office.

I pray that the Hillary delegates will put any bitterness aside for the sake of our country, that we can all unite as Democrats and come together to win the election and make real, substantive change happen in this country and in this world.

I'm excited. For the first time in a long time.

I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve yesterday waiting for the Convention to get under way last night. I was disappointed that we only got an hour of it on TV and had to listen to Katie Couric blathering away over Michelle Obama's brother.

I also have to say, I'm tired of the Kennedy's. They really don't matter any more and I wish they'd quit hauling them out all the time. Ted will be the last Kennedy to make a difference in political life in this country.

Of course, I don't want to get too excited. The last two elections have made me wary of getting my hopes up.

I guess it's just a waiting (and hoping) game at this point.

3 comments:

Suz said...

I highly recommend C-span for its uninterrupted coverage! I had it on from 5 pm til 11 pm EDT, switching to CNN only a few times for their commentary.

I won't go all into the Hillary thing, but I will say that "bitterness" is an oversimplification of how some of us feminists who wanted Hillary elected feel.

I also thought Michelle Obama did an amazing job in her speech, and I cried when Teddy Kennedy spoke (especially after the shots of Maria Shriver crying in the balcony).

Kel said...

She is an amazing woman who can pull the heart strings of us all. I hold on to the idea that a little bit of hope goes a long way...here's to hopeing!
~K

Jeremy said...

I thought all three Obama women handled themselves extremely well.

Re. the Kennedys, I think you're not giving them enough credit, but that may just be the Catholic Bay Stater in me...

And, Suz is right, C-SPAN's coverage is extensive, although I've been watching PBS...