Friday, January 4, 2008

Are you ready for some Obama Kool-Aid?

United States Senator Barack Obama won the 2008 Democratic Iowa Caucus last night. I for one had goose bumps when I heard the news. It's still a really, really long way to Pennsylvania Avenue; but it's a lot closer today for the senator than it was yesterday.

Although I'm not sure if I can support Senator Obama on the issues, but I must admit as an African American I was and am very proud of him. And although I know many other African Americans are like me in not being sure about his politics, I think there are a lot of proud African Americans today.

In a world where we are constantly being fed a diet of defeat and despair, what a welcome breath of fresh air this victory is. The world today is looking at us, all of us and saying; wow!

The political pundits are also saying; wow!

In the next few days I'm sure some of the excitement will where off as Senators Clinton and Edwards ramp up their attacks on the new front runner. But we still have this victory.

That's right, we.

No matter your political affiliation, no matter who you have chosen to support, this is a victory for all of us.

I'm not sure if I am ready to drink the Obama Kool-Aid, but I am getting a little thirsty and it does look very refreshing.

Are you ready for some Obama Kool-Aid? Did Sen. Obama's win last night change your view of him?


Side note: I think it's about time Microsoft’s spell-check knows the difference between Obama and Osama.

14 comments:

jjbrock said...

Great post MDC. I agree we might not all support him but we can all be some proud Americans today. A blackman has won a wonderful victory in a country where we never thought it to be possible.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

Good Look BO, NH is next congrats and i love grits (girls rised in the South) and the other edible ones to, why u hat grits nd where were u born and rised if i may query

Symphony said...

Some Blacks won't even think of voting for Obama because they feel White people won't vote for him. Obama taking Iowa and possibly New Hampshire (very White states) could probably make them think, "Oh, the White folks will vote for him. I guess I'll jump on the bandwagon."

notyouraveragecitizen said...

MDC - I am not ready to drink the kool aid yet, but I am pleased for him and understand the significance of the win.

Time will tell what he's really about. In the meantime, I wish him and Michelle all the best.

DMB said...

I LOVE Obama. I think he's brilliant. Charismatic. Aggressive. Sensitive and on point. And did I mention brilliant?

Shelly said...

Hi MDC,

Am feeling your passion in this post! I don't know much about Barack or his politics but his success so far has greater symbolic meaning to most people.

I hope you understand what I'm saying when I say this; I will say "well done" to him BUT still reserve my full judgement until I see what his ACTIONS tell me if/when he achieves any greater power. Black man or no, what he does once he achieves his aims is all that truly matters to me in the end.

But no doubt, his presence and success is hugely inspirational.

Liz said...

I mixed an extra cup of sugar in with my kool-aid this morning. LOL!

Afrodite said...

Obama? Osama? Yeah, MSN keeps making those "mistakes".

****Sideeye****

lisa said...

Amber and I talked about Obama this morning - she was sooo excited - walking around singing "black man for president" - it was really cool. She was geeked!!!

A looong way from where she was when Bush first TOOK (pun intended) in 2000 -

Amber's class voted for President and she voted for Bush (cause everybody in the classroom voted for him). Well, she came home ALL proud and told my dad - she asked "Grandaddy, who'd you vote for?" He told her that he'd voted for Gore and then explained why he had voted for him.

To make a long story longer :) . . . when she woke up the next morning and found that Bush was TAKING office, she started crying, feeling like she had let the black folk down by voting for Bush - cause you know at 4 years old, her VOTE COUNTED!!!

Needless to say, she felt vindicated this morning!!!

alpha de tortuga said...

It absolutely did change my view of him MDC, I got a little choked up this morning watching that speech, and wow the dude is really inspirational!

Mes Deux Cents said...

JJ B,

I will admit I didn't think he would win Iowa. So imagine my surprise last night!

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Torrence,

I said I love them and hate them. I love them when someone who knows how to make them gives me some. I hate them when I try to make them! Lol.

I was raised in New York. (With a southern influence)
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Symphony,

You know I just heard that there were people thinking like that.

I've also heard some Black people say they won't vote for him because they are afraid for his safety. That doesn't make sense; if he's elected he'll be the safest human on the planet!

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NYAC,

That is exactly how I'm feeling.

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DMB,

Lol, yes you did! I agree he's brilliant and so is his wife.

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Shelly,

I agree, I'm not on board yet. I am hoping that I can fully support him in the future.

I am waiting for him to be more specific about a few issues.

I'm looking forward to New Hampshire
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Liz,

Lol, enjoy the sweet victory!

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Afrodite,

I agree; I am so sick of it. They really need to update spell-check!

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Lisa,

That is sooooo cute. And she is already aware of the importance of voting. So many people 5 times her age don't get it.

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Alpha De Tortuga,

I think a lot of people felt the emotion of the moment, I did.
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SheCodes said...

I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid yet, but I am definitely sniffing it.

And yes, my inner Black Panther made the 'black power' sign when I saw him and his wife on the stage. He had better come through with some policy that I can stand behind, because it would piss me off not to be able to vote for him.

Villager said...

I hopped on the O-Train after reading his first book earlier this year. It gave me information about the man himself that told me he would make a remarkable POTUS for us in the 21st century. Obama can change the direction of our thinking ... and the thinking of nations around the world. He could lead an era of peace that would mean so much to our world.

On top of that ... he is a role model for my 8-year old son who isn't wearing a jersey or singing a song.

Finally, his policy positions are better suited for me (and I think most African Americans) than any other candidate.

I defy a supporter of Hillary Clinton to provide a single reason that she would make a better president that doesn't start and end with Bill Clinton.

C'mon, join the O-Train ... there is plenty of room. I predict that he will win the New Hampshire primary by double digits.

What will Hillary-lovers say when she takes a second butt-kicking?

Mes Deux Cents said...

Villager,

You make good points; especially the part about Bill being the reason for a lot of Hill's support.

I getting there, I'm just trying to make an informed choice.

I am looking forward to see how he does in New Hampshire. It's going to be interesting!

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About Me

West Coast, United States
African American, Poet?, Vegetarian, Music lover, Agoraphobic, Social Phobic

My Favorite Poet

My Favorite Poet
Staceyann Chin

My Favorite Track Athlete

My Favorite Track Athlete
Christine Arron