Yes we can…

I have no idea who everyone is pulling for in this primary season, and I know a lot of people were probably watching the speeches on super tuesday. But I just had to share this video if others out there were Obama fans. The Will.I.Am video is making the rounds more, but this video is why I am more excited about Obama than any candidate in my lifetime. He has an uncanny ability to capture the emotions of so many years of settling between uninspiring and misguided.

For the past few months, I’ve tried to avoid engaging because I didn’t want to just be disillusioned again. But somehow, because of the hoards of people Obama continues to draw and the words he speaks that seem so unlike a politician, I’ve become hopeful again.

And even if I’m headed for a huge fall as the primary season or general election ends, it feels pretty good.

11 Responses to Yes we can…

  1. dbay says:

    I feel the same way. And feeling hopeful politically, or excited about a candidate, is a totally foreign feeling to me. I feel like I should squash it, because my hopes in this area have never panned out in my lifetime. Not in the U.S., anyway. But I’m excited about the possibilities I see right now. Feels good!

  2. Pulao says:

    I too am excited, and have my fingers crossed. It seems silly to want to be inspired.

    Maybe this is a flaw of having watched the West Wing, but does anybody else wonder about Obama’s speech writers? I mean, who ARE these people? What other work have they done?

  3. Kris says:

    More excited about Obama than any other candidate in your lifetime . . . what, Dukakis wasn’t exciting enough for you?

    I’m excited, too — almost excited enough to wait in a long line around the block to caucus last Super Tuesday, but I got back into town that night about 45 minutes too late (stupid job). Thankfully, my fellow Minnesotans made the right choice without me — go Obama! Of course, my fellow Minnesotans also chose Mitt Romney, a choice that was wrong in so many ways, not the least of which being that he’s now safely out of the race.

    I’m not an anti-Clintonite, as some of my Dem friends staunchly are; but Obama is just a bit more inspiring (as Pulao said, something about those speeches!). Plus Ann Coulter is a Clinton supporter, and that means I just can never be.

  4. The Mayor says:

    I was actually taking with Pamela lecynziskiazixiszi about his speech writers, and she claims that she read an article about his 28 year old speech writer. Somehow that makes me feel both better and worse about my own life.

  5. Aaron says:

    Obama is the reason I found myself in line at 6:00am in Virginia yesterday morning, casting my vote in a primary for the first time in my life and counting the hours until the returns came in. Obama is also the reason I’ve convinced my father – a long-time and faithful Republican – to switch his party claim to Democrat so he can vote for Obama in Ohio in a couple of weeks.

    There’s a palpable excitement in the air here in D.C. His supporters are visible, they’re energetic, and they’re genuinely passionate. You can’t go out on the weekends without getting handed flyers by someone whose smile and enthusiasm is abundant. Being handed an Obama sticker as I climb out of the Metro station after a long day is a fun reminder that something really wonderful is going on in our country right now.

    And of course, that something is not stickers and signage… it’s how, as a candidate, I think Obama has a true chance to pull a Queen Latifah and unite people not only here but abroad. Is he perfect? No. Do I agree with every position? Almost… (a little soft of education right now, but that’s the only one)

    It’s so damn exciting right now. Fingers crossed for Texas and Ohio.

  6. karah says:

    Aaron, so HOW did you get your dad to convert from Repug to Democrat? I’ve been wanting to do the same to my dad for decades.

    I too rejoice at the win over Hilary in delegates now. I think she’s just too much of a politician for me [and she voted for the war]. Once Edwards dropped out, I had no trouble choosing between her and Obama.

    I, too, much older and therefore way more qualified to be disillusioned than y’all, am now WAY excited about voting for this guy. Not just is he brilliant and Kennedy-like, but he’s also a black man, and that just makes me so happy I’ve lived to see this day that I tear up when I think about it.

  7. Kris says:

    Actually, sis, our own staunch Repug dad told Pulao and I over Christmas that he was thinking of voting Obama! Then pigs flew out of his ass.

    No, he really did say it. All of Obama’s talk of unifying partisan politics. Could it be? My scientific survey of 71-year old white male “my dads,” and Obama’s swinging of the independents in some primaries, give me hope that he could carry some nail-biter states like Ohio in the general election.

    Obama didn’t vote for the war — ’cause he was 12. Ba-dum-bah! But seriously folks, he was recently voted the most liberal senator in the nation for 2007 by the National Journal. How did he beat Russ Feingold, you ask? Well, probably the same reason the conservative Journal named John Kerry the most liberal senator of 2003 . . .

    But, election year aside, he was ranked the 16th most liberal in 2005, and the 10th most liberal in 2006, so we’re on the upswing!

    p.s. Kennedy was the last senator to get the presidency, and he had a somewhat undistinguished Senate career . . . do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do . . .

  8. Duedecad says:

    My lifelong Republican dad attended the Minnesota primaries and cast his support for Obama.

    Here is another reason why I fear a Clinton win. He will vote for McCain if it is Clinton, but he wants Obama over McCain. I think there are a lot of independents and Republicans out there who would cross lines to vote for Obama, but would run away from Clinton…

  9. Kris says:

    We need a new blog: “Republican fathers of Democrats for Obama ’08”

  10. Kirsten says:

    While I’m not ready to say that I would actually vote for Obama in the general election, I do invite my enthusiastic Obamitic sibs and spouses to Ohio to stay at out digs and stump away for him.
    Way better to have Obama than Hil.

  11. Kirsten says:

    At “our” digs.

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