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Only In America…

Boy am I excited.

The Democratic National Convention really has me goin’.

I was at my desk today, about to get off work, and my supervisor says, “You’re glowing! Got a hot date?”

I gleefully told her that I’m just excited about getting home and tuning in to watch Obama speak tonight.

No really- it’s true.

I have loved every second of this thing… from Michelle Obama’s loving tribute to her husband to Hillary and Bill’s hearty- and genuine- endorsement of their candidate…

Barack Obama.

I was moved to tears when Beau Biden stood tall and proudly introduced his father- and I hope we all fulfill that single request to take care of his dad for him while he’s overseas.

Joe Biden got me boohooin’ all over again, talking about his mother… she is the cutest little thing… and feisty too (!)… and I believe him… really believe him when he talks about what this country so desperately needs…

Change.

I also believe that Barack and Michelle Obama, with the help of Joe and Jill Biden, and Hillary and Bill Clinton… along with so many others… will make it happen…

Together.

For the first time ever, I can say that this is a team of politicians I truly believe in… and dare I say… actually trust.

We had our drama, our party divisions… but at the end of the day, we have made history… and though I am sitting on the sidelines… I love that I am a witness to it.

How many people, on this, the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, ever thought they would live to see the day when an African American man could stand so tall and accept the Democratic nomination for the President of the United States?

Even John McCain stopped his smears long enough to congratulate Obama on a job well done.

History in the making…

Only in America.

This week I have again fallen madly in love with my country, my party, my candidate…

I hope you have too.

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Hillary Clinton, Marine Corps T-Shirts and The DNC

Today Hillary Clinton chose to behave as a good sport should, and has moved to stop the roll call vote at the Convention, allowing Obama to officially accept the nomination by acclamation.

She has (finally) bowed out gracefully, and exited the stage so that Barack Obama can make history today as our Presidential nominee… and even bigger history in November, when he wins this election.

Thank you, Hillary.

This entire process has been such an emotional ride for so many people… and this especially holds true for Hillary Clinton.

My feelings for our former First Lady have really run the gambit over the years… starting with my complete and total admiration when she shared the white house with Bill and ending, just before the DNC, with my complete and total resentment.

I do not stand by the campaign she ran, nor do I condone what amounted to her eerie silence while so many of her supporters were loudly becoming PUMAS, clumsily rallying behind McCain (and simultaneously spitting in the face of the woman they claimed to love), as she was withdrawing from the election.

Her initial silence, followed by her very quiet and insincere pleas, asking her supporters to stand behind Barack Obama were a disgrace- consequently driving such a huge divide between what should have been a united family of Democrats- out to make history- that it very well may have cost us the election.

Slowly, it seems, Hillary has come to see the damage she’s done in not condemning the baby-fied behavior of her most over-zealous supporters.

Her speech last night was wonderful… I saw a glimpse of the woman that I used to love… the woman who at one time was my hero, who I so proudly looked up to.

Some are disappointed that she didn’t get more emotional during her speech, but those who know Hillary know that she didn’t get where she is today by crying everytime something important was about to happen.

She’s known to show her passion in other ways, which I believe is exactly what she did today, in stopping the roll call vote… that gesture means a hundred times more than squeezing a few tears out at the podium ever would.

Clinton said what she needed to say- that Barack Obama has her vote- and that he should have our votes too… that she in no way supports McCain…

No way. No How. No McCain.

Others are angered that she didn’t do a better job of condemning McCain.

I, however, see things differently. She did condemn McCain- she just didn’t get ugly about it, or ignorant with it. Obama’s campaign has never been a smear campaign, nor has he ever fought his opponents by slinging mud. While this may very well change with Joe Biden on the scene, Hillary, in my opinion, was respecting the mood her colleague and fellow Democrat had already set months ago.

This year is all about change, not nastiness or ignorance. It’s about open-mindedness, and it’s about fighting for the little people.

What I witnessed yesterday evening was old-school Hillary Clinton… the leader, the fighter, the Democrat who has always worked so hard for universal healthcare and women’s rights…

Finally, Hillary Clinton gets it.

Senator Clinton’s passion, it seems, has returned to the right place- and she has fully come to understand that this is no longer about her, but about the greater good of this nation- it’s about that man in the Marine Corps t-shirt who begged her to take care of his buddies and then take care of him… it’s about that single mother with the two adopted children with special needs that she is struggling so hard to take care of, without health insurance… and it’s about so much more…

It’s about you, and it’s about me.

I witnessed a woman who fought a very hard fight (even as I disagree with the way she went about doing it), and was finally ready, for the good of our nation…

… to step aside…

For us.

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The Audacity of Hood

Michelle Obama gave a helluva speech at the Democratic National Convention last night.

It was passionate, it was heartfelt, and it was honest.

More than anything I was struck by the love this woman has for her husband… it feels real, and that’s refreshing after having to observe the marriage-of-convenience types like Bill and Hillary, as well as Cindy and John.

I was left with the impression that no matter what path Barack Obama had chosen in life- be it that of a great politician or a more humble blue-collar laborer, Michelle Obama would love him no less.

BUT (come on, you had to know it was coming)-

In perusing today’s headlines, reading people’s thoughts with regards to Michelle’s words from yesterday evening, I find myself growing more and more frustrated… wait, agitated… no, downright furious.

What in God’s name is with those of you who are so “surprised” at how “articulate” and “well-spoken” she is?

Or, my personal favorite, “Wasn’t Michelle in that movie Boyz in the Hood?”

Ahh, ignorance at it finest.

These are the same people who would tell you in an instant that racism no longer exists in this country.

Yet somehow it’s still possible for an African American- despite her Ivy League education- to shock millions of people when she steps to the podium at the DNC and…

Lord help me…

… does not commence to shuckin’ and jivin’.

Where’s the Ebonics? Where are all the grammatical errors?

Aww damn…

Don’t tell me this woman can actually speak the King’s English!

Her name is Michelle Obama, not Aunt Jemima.

As a child she skipped second grade and then later went on to attend college at both Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

She has more education than the vast majority of the people in this nation- hell, world– and yet, because her skin is brown, she’s somehow expected to be… what? 

Stupid?

Ignorant?

Ghetto?

Now had she been Ivy League educated and stood at that podium talking about how she “don’t know nuthin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies”, that would have been shocking…

Or perhaps had she started her speech with a hearty shout-out to her peeps back in the ‘hood, reprezentin’ the “SOUTH SIEEED!”, fist pumped in the air…

I’d have given all y’all a free pass…

It’s almost as if people expected her to show up to this thing with a 40 oz. of Olde English (OE for those who know wuz up) in hand, opening comments being, “Imma need to pour a li’l liquor out for da homies”.

The fact is, she wasn’t going to do any of those things… and that so many people actually expected such a show from her is… well…

Disgusting.

The audacity…

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DNC, Hillary Clinton and Lame-A$$ Supporters

The Democratic National Convention is here.

I’m excited. Seriously.

If I could have taken the week off work to go to Denver- or hell, to sit at home on my couch eating bon-bons watching this shit unfold- I would have.

Unfortunately, I’m out of vacation time, so I, like the rest of you have to watch it on cable tv… after work.

It’s cool though- I don’t mind much.

What I do mind at this point is Hillary Clinton… or more specifically, her supporters.

Here’s a personal plea to Mz. Clinton:

Lord have mercy woman- do something about this madness.

Please.

I keep reading blogs and news articles and everything else, written from all kinds of Clinton supporters, claiming they will not vote for Obama simply because Clinton didn’t win the nomination.

Now what the hell kind of sense does that make?

You want another four years- or God forbid, eight- of Bush (err… McCain)…

Four more years of Iraq, outrageous gas prices, home foreclosures and tax breaks for the rich…

… Just to prove a point because Hillary didn’t win…

Really?

Worse, you want to do it out of spite…

Talk about your sore-ass losers!

I’m speaking to all you fake Dems who now support McCain, simply because Hillary Clinton didn’t win the primaries

You suck.

Every last damn one of you.

From Hillary’s standpoint, I can understand that this must be a very difficult time. Her dreams of being Commander-In-Chief (for the 2nd time) have been dashed, and that must be very painful for her.

But it’s no longer about her… she can cry all she wants to about her personal tragedy when the cameras aren’t rolling.

In the meantime she needs to get it together and stop participating in the unnecessary- and quite possibly fatal- divide within this party.

It’s time to stop with the wishy-washy crap and stand firm in support of Barack Obama, like Clinton’s half-hearted speeches impore you to do.

It’s all about the greater good, people… so get it together.

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Colin Powell, Barack Obama and the DNC

I just saw a report that gave me butterflies in my stomach… and I almost literally began jumping for joy.

Fox News is exclusively reporting that Colin Powell will be endorsing Barack Obama for President.

Wow.

This is huge.

According to the article, Powell will make his endorsement official while giving a speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Wait… What?

Powell’s speaking at the Democratic National Convention??

I’m barely even breathing at this point…

Really- I’m pinching myself.

As far as I’m concerned, Colin Powell has only two flaws-

One, he’s Republican (which hell, I can easily forgive, if he’s plannin’ on shaping up and acting right from here on out) and two, he was the Secretary of State during George W.’s first term… which, um, unfortunately, was the term in which we invaded Iraq.

Whatever- he’s not running for office- Obama is! So what if Powell erred a teeny bit in helping Bush plot what ultimately became the biggest, most expensive blunder in the history of our country?

I don’t think Powell was actually hired to do much other than agree with Bush anyway, and who knows how much worse this nightmare would have turned out, had he not been around to do a little damage control. Hard to imagine, but honestly, do we really know what all Bush would have demolished… er… accomplished had he not had his side-kick Powell right next to him?

Regardless, Colin Powell is a superstar, and if he is in fact endorsing Obama, it’s quite likely that Obama has just won the election.

If this is real, we may as well swear Barack Obama into office now.

In the meantime Powell’s people say none of this is true, and that he won’t be endorsing anyone… but those who claim to be in the know seem to be certain it’s all about Obama.

(Crashing back down to earth)

My mom always said, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Sigh.

The truth will all come out eventually… either Powell’s speaking at the DNC or he isn’t… either he’s gonna endorse Obama or he won’t.

In the meantime, this girl will keep right on hoping against hope that Fox News got it right this time… I’ll keep reading the articles online, experiencing something dangerously close to an orgasm over this…

… and try not to feel too disappointed if it all turns out to be a lie.