Friday, February 15, 2008

Pride

A 21 year old reader of Andrew Sullivan's blog,
There's one salient reason why people of my age are supporting Obama and that's because we feel that Obama will finally show us what it means to be proud of our president.

I read more than I should about politics and US history and am always confused as to how Americans can love their president so. Intellectually I understand why Americans love(d) Lincoln and the Roosevelts but I never felt why they did.

Andrew, people my age are too young to remember Bill Clinton. All we have is George W. Bush. The office of the President to us is a mockery. We don't link President Bush to concepts such as leader, we link it to ignorance and idiocy. Most people my age have never felt proud of our President. We grew up on the Daily Show, we only know how to make fun of him and mock him.

I attended an Obama rally a few days ago and was amazed at how filled up with emotion I was. Halfway through his speech, other 21 year olds just like that filled the Hall were screaming their heads off, waving banners, and grinning. Everyone was giddy, hell even I was giddy. I was smiling and chanting along to "Yes We Can." I didn't know what that feeling was because I had never felt it. But then I realized it. It was pride. I was proud of Obama.

I know you've felt proud of Reagan and others have felt proud of Bill Clinton. I can't wait to actually know what it feels like to be proud of my President and not embarrassed by him. That's why at least my generation is turning out in droves to make Obama president. We've finally got a taste of what it feels like to be proud of our President and we're not giving that feeling up.
I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. I was 29 years old before I voted for a winner in a Presidential election and I know how I felt as the Clintons stood triumphant on that stage in Little Rock in 1992. Of course, I spent the next 8 years defending them in the face of every outrageous attack from the right, and also remember how I felt when that blue dress was found and when Bill, on his way out the door pardoned Marc Rich and FLAN. It was very much a mixed bag and not a time I'm interested in returning to, hence my support of Obama.

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