Thursday, April 24, 2008
Barack Obama Comes to New Albany
It definitely was exciting. I went to see Barack Obama with a group of people from St. Marks. We all had tickets but we want to make sure we got in and got close enough to see and hear it all. We arrived at IUS a bit after 8:00AM, had chairs, and waited on line. A good friend made a mad dash down from Columbus when we called him and told me that we had one extra ticket. He made it just it time for us to go in at 10:00AM.
The place was packed and people were definitely excited. When Senator Obama walked in the room people were incredibly enthusiastic. He spoke for a while then answered some questions.
Some things did strike me.
First, he is amazingly bright and articulate, and maintains his intelligence, and his speaking ability with a sense of humor and surprising warmth. I actually was taken aback by his warmth and approachability. He was at great ease taking questions.
Secondly, I had a different sense of this race. The positions of Obama and Clinton are, when you look at them, remarkably similar. He did make this point quite well; and when you contrast the positions with McCain, wow. This next election can't be about 'who' but 'what.' The 'who's' are important because of 'what' they are about. I have a sense that either the Senator from Illinois or New York will have comparable approaches.
Lastly, I'm realizing more and more that there is a higher level of racism that I could even grasp. The word 'elite' is being used about Barack Obama more and more. This morning they were criticizing how he is dressed. The reason for this is that he is dressed well. He was wearing a crisp white shirt and a dark suit.
Barack Obama dresses well and his is criticized. He uses big words demonstrating that he has received a good education and can read and write and is criticized for this. The word 'elite' is used about him almost more than anyone else.
The word 'elite' has replaced the phrase 'uppity n...."
A friend said that there is a thinly veiled use of racism towards him. I disagree. I don't think the veil is that thin.
The event was interesting. He was a person of intelligence, of great insight, well-spoken, and humble enough to say that he often relies on the wisdom of others to help him learn about things and make decisions.
He would be a definite change in the White House, that is for sure.