Yesterday I read a post written by Jim, a blogger I read daily and tend to not only agree with most of the time, but truly enjoy reading because he has a remarkable way with words. In his blog yesterday I got the sense that he is cautiously optimistic with regard to our new President (and/or his abilities to change the nation as he has publicly stated multiple times that he desires to do). I wanted to respond to Jim’s post and began typing a comment but as my own opinions began to expand I felt it deserved its own post. I strongly encourage everyone to first read Jim’s post from yesterday to fully understand my response here. I would also like to say that I definitely respect and applaud Jim for putting his own feelings on the subject out there to be absorbed just like I am about to do; this is one of the greatest things about our nation -- we are allowed to freely express how we feel regardless if we agree with each other or not.
“Very well thought out and indeed an excellent way to explain the facts as you see them. I do agree that in most cases a "good" or "bad" job comes down to conjecture by the individual making that opinionated assessment.
I am an enormous supporter of Obama for many reasons and race definitely has something to do with it. It is a percentage of what makes him, well, him. Just the same there are percentages of him growing up poor, going to Harvard, coming from a broken home and losing his father. I am not a black man who grew up in a poor broken home that went on to attend an Ivy League school but I identify with him because I am, well, me and he reminds me that each of us in this world will face our very own unique challenges. I identify with the new leader of our nation because he is not seemingly excluded from this group like so many other politicians. We all struggle in some way, we all celebrate, we all come from somewhere and I applaud and respect Obama's ability to put it out there for all of us to see, no regrets and certainly no apologies. I guess what I am really trying to say is it is nice to see that the person running our country is not infallible, that he does not claim to have all the answers but is going to attempt in the best way he knows how to bring the spirit of this country back to good again.
One thing I noticed in almost all of his speeches of late is that he does not claim to be the only one who plans to fix our problems but that he counts on all of us in this country to assist with the rebuilding of our country and his role is simply to help lead us in the correct direction to make those necessary changes. He believes in our ability to do so and because of that I believe in his ability to do the same.”
I choose to believe that Obama will be a great leader of this nation because I do have hope and faith in the people of the United States to rise above the feelings of despair that have managed to roll in like a thick beach fog to blur our view for many years now. With nothing more than a collective shift toward positive thinking, a smile between strangers or a helping hand from those who have for those who have not we can transition this country into the place where dreams come true again. It may sound idealistic, lofty even, but I for one feel supportive of my country, patriotic and that feeling has not occurred in many years so I am truly excited to run with it.