Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Palin as President Game Clears Out Office. Let Us Face Our Fears and Move On

I checked out the Palin As President site night before last, I think, and told my son. "Listen, it's the sound of a vacuum cleaner. The site's closing."

Today, I checked this clever website, and apparently they have indeed packed up Sarah Palin (the vacuum cleaner in the background warning on November 3rd was cute). The creator has renamed the page "Barack As President" in the title code, and the Oval Office lights have been dimmed as Will.I.Am's "Yes We Can" plays. The Palin As President site was and is an example of one of those spontaneous burst of action on Obama's behalf just as Will.I.Am's song, using creativity for change and social comment.

palin to Barack
I wrote about this site before as the best laugh of my day and you can visit the site now. If you missed the original hoot, sorry. Today the site is sweetly pleasant in unclickable peace. The creator is moving on like the rest of the nation.

And here is that Will.I.Am. Yes, We Can Video, if you want to see it again for old campaign time's sake.



Facing Our Fears About Obama's Safety

Scroll down for a photo my 17-year-old son pointed out to me, Obama as Neo from The Matrix, stopping a hail of bullets. He has no idea how a hail of bullets aimed at Obama might terrify a black woman of my generation and older. But Obama does not entertain fear, he confronts it as can be heard in his victory speech last night when he alluded to Martin Luther King's last speech before his assassination. Click here for audio of Dr. King, and read against Obama's words last night.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.

I promise you, we as a people will get there. (Obama text at The Root)
It's chilling to consider that Obama's life has been threatened already. As reported in Newsweek, the skinhead plot was not the only threat. And this is partly what Andrew Young, my relatives, friends, others, and I have feared, that Obama will be a constant target, not only because he is president of a powerful nation, but because he is a black man with the power to inspire hope. However, Obama is a strong, even-tempered leader who asks us to confront our fears and so conquer them.

We must be conquerors here when fear for Obama's safety dog us, and I still like the analogy of the dark house that I've used before:
I explained to one elderly black woman with this concern that if we need to escape a dark house and must pass through the darkest room to reach a light switch, then somebody's got to go first. Obama is the one for this trial. (V. Parlant in an earlier post)
I've mentioned "the one" phenomenon before. Younger people of all ethnic groups appear to associate "The One" with The Matrix Trilogy and superimpose Obama over the character Neo played by Keanu Reeves with all its mythology. Older black people associate "the one" with The Authobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, the context from which Oprah draws "the one."

Obama's victory means more than words can express for most African Americans, but his win is affecting people all over the nation and world. He is more than the first black U.S. president. He is, as others have said, a transformational figure and symbol of hope.

I suppose it seems odd that I would start with the humorous Palin as President and then move to darker topics, but considering how Sarah Palin willingly and repeatedly used inflammatory rhetoric which could lead to violence against Obama at her rallies and didn't seem to care about consequences, it connects. But I didn't connect it to scare anyone. My subconscious mind went down a path and I let it. I think what I want to say is that now that Obamas's won and we who hope for healing have won this one battle, we want to keep on winning. So, let's face our fears, pray for Obama's protection, be vigilant, but sleep well each night. Let us move forward to make a world worth keeping.

2 comments:

lilalia said...

I just received an email from I pastor whose organization I work with in Kenya. He was telling me about the national holiday that has been called for the occasion of Mr. Obama's being elected. Apparently, Kenyans can deal well with spontaneously called holidays (smile).

Spent the night up watching the live streaming on the Internet.

Vérité Parlant said...

I am intrigued by how his appeal spans the globe.

Thank you, Lilalia.