Last year’s hope, this year’s reality

Avoiding work by doing some house-cleaning on my Facebook profile this morning, I noticed a link I’d posted last year to Viva Obama, a rousing political mariachi music video. At the time I first saw it, it was an inspiration, showing just how broadly and deeply Obama’s call for hope and change was, and how his humble origins, his humanistic spirit and drive, his leaderly wisdom and eloquence were appreciated across the socioeconomic spectrum. Continue reading

Scenes of Liberation

After last Tuesday, I’m still overcome at moments with a joy that almost shames me in its flagrant idealistic optimism.

In the NYT op-ed piece It Still Felt Good the Morning After, Frank Rich captures well many of my feelings. This one line, however, is the very kernel of them all:

The festive scenes of liberation that Dick Cheney had once imagined for Iraq were finally taking place — in cities all over America.

I am deeply hopeful.