Barack Obama, Politics, and Pride

B and R:

I wish so much that you could understand the times we are living right now. Never before have I experienced anything in politics like what I am seeing happen right now here in the United States.

My first voting opportunity was in 1988. I had just turned 18 and I was pretty excited by that (my guy, Michael Dukakis, lost but thats beside the point) but in the elections I’ve been able to participate in since then nothing has ever been as exciting as watching Barack Obama right now.

It’s hard for me to describe how proud I am of this man and America when I watch him give speeches. People have felt let down by their country and the President. People have desperately wanted change but have felt powerless to do anything about it. Between the war in Iraq, a bad (but Democratic) Congress, a bad economy, etc. it’s been rough. Obama has been changing those feelings among a lot of people and it’s amazing to see.

People are excited. They’re watching the debates on TV. They’re talking about whats going on. More and more people are getting involved in the political process because they finally feel like someone truly worth voting for is in front of them and damned if they’re not going to grab on to that and hold on for dear life. I know how they feel and I suspect this is what it was like for your Grandma K. when John F. Kennedy was elected.

There is just an electric feeling around Obama. The man gives phenomenal speeches and I’ve found myself tearing up during several of them because it feels like he is speaking directly to me. Everyt time I’ve voted for President the decision has been about who is the lesser of two evils. If Obama wins the nomination it will be the first time in my adult life that hasn’t been true and I’m really looking forward to that day.

I hope in your lifetimes there will be someone this exciting again that you will feel proud to vote for. I know that the past 7 years I’ve had really mixed feelings about our country and the direction it has been headed but this man makes me feel proud to be an American again.

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