Still In Love

I was looking for a picture of Michelle Obama from last night, but I couldn’t find any I liked. The shade of purple (or plum) was absolute perfection.  And perfect for her.  But like, she couldn’t work any color??  Please.  Anyway, while I was looking I found this.  I don’t really need to say a word.  Will you look at them!! For the love of God.

I liked Obama’s speech.  But I noticed something last night.  I was thinking I wanted him to kick ass a little more, to be even bolder in response to all our problems, when I realized I trusted him.  He’s a thinking man.  There was a reason for the more tempered speech, and the actions described in that speech.  For heading straight for the republicans after the speech.  He’s very smart, he surrounds himself with very smart people.  I trust that he has thought everything over carefully and is going to get the job done.

I love that he made points like, “We know the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century. And yet it is China that has launched the largest effort in history to make their economy energy efficient. We invented solar technology, but we’ve fallen behind countries like Germany and Japan in producing it. New plug-in hybrids roll off our assembly lines, but they will run on batteries made in Korea.”  And how we invented the car, but we’re about to lose that too (although the why of that pisses me off, but that’s another post).

The thing is, while I’m competitive and I want us to be first, first, first, and to lead the way in discovery and innovation, I like to acknowledge the discovery, innovation and hard work all around the world.  So, I loved how this began, but I didn’t like how it ended:  “The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and our universities, in our fields and our factories, in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth.”  People work hard everywhere.

And this was great.  “So tonight I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be a community college or a four-year school, vocational training or an apprenticeship.” I wonder what can be done to see that this happens? Could there be like a Peace Corp of education somehow?

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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6 thoughts on “Still In Love

  1. Agree, agree, agree.
    I listened to the speech on NPR so didn’t get to see her, but I just saw the photo on Mrs.O.com and she looks lovely (of course!). What event was the photo you posted from?
    I trust him too. But I also want to make sure I do not become blinded by it. I think the people who supported Bush till the bitter end did so because they “trusted him” and stopped questioning, stopped seeing reality.
    I like how in every speech he asks of us some concrete thing like the higher education commitment. Something other than shopping 🙂

  2. I listened intently (something I haven’t done for about a decade to anything presidential) and was overall pleased.

    You’re right. His tempering skills are to be commended. And with that group of GOPs that are in there now, I don’t think he can strike a bi-partisan balance. They clearly are going to vote against him every time they can. B*stards.

    Luckily, their “muscle” doesn’t mean much right now.

  3. Slight factual error: The car, along with much of the associated science (Otto engine, diesel engine) was actually developed in Europe.

    Small potatoes though…compared to the LIES of the past eight years.

    david

  4. Really? Wasn’t the Model T the first car???

    Nadine, the caption to that photo said the Governor’s Ball. And good point about not being blinded.

    And yeah Nicole. When I get discouraged by their refusal to give his ideas a shot, I console myself with that.

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