The cover of today’s Daily News says “History! Barack Obama writes new chapter in American politics as he takes giant step to becoming nation’s first black President” [sic]
You know, I think it’s less that he’d be the first black president and more that he’d be the first really good president in my lifetime, anyway. I remember when I was in high school Bill Clinton took the presidency and there was a girl who wrote an article for the school paper that said that Clinton filled her with hope like Kennedy had done for her parent’s generation. And went up to her later and asked her if she really felt that way. Because for me Clinton was a lesser evil, a compromise candidate who was at least better than Bush sr. and that idiot Reagan, but who still smelled like a sleazy opportunist whose ambition had long since corrupted him. Further I kind of agreed with Douglas Adams when he said that anyone capable of becoming president should under no circumstances be allowed to do the job; in my mind, anyone who was a major politician was by definition corrupt. Which was cynical I know, but it kept me voting for third party candidates up until Nader in 2000. It was that election, as well as Mark Green beating Fernando Ferrer in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York in 2001 that convinced me to switch my party membership to Democrat and change the way I was voting.
But this past primary when I voted for Obama was the first time I could do that with a clear conscience. (Other than when I was in Vermont and helped vote Bernie Sanders into the Senate. Go Bernie!) Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate, someone who really believes in things I believe in, someone who is intelligent and capable, and most importantly someone who feels like he hasn’t yet been corrupted by the system. An honest man in Washington. Imagine that.
And all I can say is that for the first time in my life I really believe in a mainstream candidate for president.
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