Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Seriously? You're kidding, right?

I knew that yesterday’s inauguration of President Obama would bring all sorts of comments...some good, some bad. I thought I was prepared.

Right before bed last night, I checked my Facebook account, as I so faithfully do. [It’s sad, really.] And there it was. Seriously? No, seriously? My eyes must have read wrong. I wish they had. A status update said just this: Jane Doe “cannot believe our new ‘president’s’ middle name is Hussein! How embarrassing!” me crazy, but I’m, oh, slightly more embarrassed that someone actually thinks this today, in 2009. And then that this person is so unabashedly unashamed of this statement that she would post it for her 700 or so friends to read.

To me, the reason our country is so great is because of just that...anyone can be president. Barack Hussein, George, John, Horatio, Sally, or Shalonda...

I do understand the passion behind politics. Believe me, I myself get very fired up about it. But at the end of the day, party affiliations aside, everyone in this great country should be so proud to have been a part of yesterday. It was a day to witness what makes the United States so grand. It was a day to witness how far our country has come...and then at the end of the day, I unfortunately had to witness how far we still have to go.

I, for one, am proud to say that my president is Barack Hussein Obama. And every American should feel that same way.


Anisa said...

Amen. Well said.

Meredith said...

Just looked at your blog and saw this post. I have to admit that I deleted a few friends throughout the election and inauguration--I have NO problem with someone having a different ideology from me, or being more conservative, etc. But when they are so closed-minded and racist that they make a comment like that, they clearly are harboring some hate and venom that I don't need in my life.

I wish you could have been at the National Mall on that Tuesday--there were so many people full of hope and joy. The energy of that multi-racial crowd was amazing. There are always going to be closed-minded bigots out there, but that morning gave me hope that some people will be forced to eat their racist, hateful words.

Anonymous said...

GREAT post!