I wrote this on November 5th after I saw Obama's acceptance speech on line.
I can see why so many people are happy. He gives hope to the downtrodden and outcast. And of course I am proud of America breaking the racial barriers. He is a man who transcends race and it is a proud moment for all America that it is finally looking beyond color, because definitely Obama was voted into office by a majority that was made up of blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asian, and other groups. I also listened to all the young people saying they felt good to see someone, for once who looked like them going into the office of the President, as the president. It is a big deal. And I respect him for it.
So do I have mixed feelings? Of course. So much to be proud to be an American. Of course my allegiance to my core values are the same but I was dumbstruck and somewhat unprepared to see this event move people to touching pronouncements, moments of awe, and tears of relief. Newspapers were snatched off the shelves, and sold on Ebay. Little black children were saying all that they could be when they grew up. Elderly folks in nursing homes recalled their years of racial discrimination and what had just happened. Most were speechless and in awe of the moment. Others made heartfelt statements. It was then that I got some realization, of the grief of the African-American community. They could not value this historic moment or look forward without first recalling how far they have come and the tears they had shed. Black History Month will no longer be the same.
All that said, I know that I won't agree with everything our future President will do (but I didn't agree with all of the decisions made by President Bush). Nevertheless, I am going to pray for him to have wisdom, and lead this whole country to a place of mutual respect and dignity. I will also pray for his life and his family's to be protected from harm.
Now to the more mundane. Was it just me, but did anybody else notice how stiff President elect Obama looked when he was giving his speech? I don't know if it is the realization of the task set before him, his nerves, the fact that a beloved member of his family died, or the length of this campaign, or all of these factors together? Whatever the case, he seemed strained, hardly ever smiling. Seeing the pictures of him before the results were in, explains his mood in part. (As recommended by Ana, in the comments.) Makes you wonder.
I just heard that Pastor Joel Hunter from Northland prayed with him before his speech. Another enigma. How did that come about? You can read about it on this link. (This last comment was added November 7th)