Obama Mama.

Okay, here’s my big push the night before Super Duper Tuesday. I am departing from the usual parenting blah-dee-dah to give a plug for my candidate. But I’m actually not departing too far from the parenting thing, because after all, this is about my kids and their future as much as anything.

 


We’ve always been really big on elections around here. When the kids were little we took them with us to vote on election days. They got to wear the little “I Voted!” sticker, and we’d host election night parties, even for the local elections that no one else cared about. At some point our kids became aware of the fact that their parents like to yell at certain politicians on the TV set, like to watch candidates debating, like to discuss politics in the most vociferous terms around the dinner table. This parental behavior has been escalating in the last eight years, when political tracts and Frank Rich editorials began to line the walls of the bathroom, and when I bought Rolling Stone magazine it wasn’t for the article on the Red Hot Chili Peppers but the excellent investigative report by Robert Kennedy Jr. on the stolen 2004 election. We like our elections. We don’t always like the people running for office, but we get very excited about elections.

 

This is the first time since forever that I have been so energized and excited about a candidate. Ever since Barack Obama spoke at the 2004 Democratic convention, I’ve been fired up. At our (very, very depressing) 2004 election night party, I remarked to the assembled (sad, gloomy) guests that I thought this Barack Obama guy should totally run for President. “Obama in 2008!” said I. “Did you hear him? Wasn’t he amazing? If he runs, he’ll win.”

 

I recall the suggestion was met with general murmurs of the “oh THAT will happen” variety. A few snickers in the “you poor naïve thing” vein. The general sense being – especially from three friends of mine who are African American – that I was dreaming if I ever thought a black man could become a Presidential nominee, much less get elected. Not that they didn’t like him; everyone was very enthusiastic about the young guy running for Senator of Illinois. But it was just that, yeah, right. As if. Friends shook their heads, as if I was a delusional child.

 

And now. Well, well, well. Here we are. La la la.

 

jadebetrand
04.02.08

I am going to be the outlyer here. I voted for Hillary because she just has a better command of the issues and the solutions. Sure Barack is a great inspiring speaker, but when he is given ad-hoc questions, he fumbles... When asked about how he was going to solve the credit crisis, his answer was to create a "60 billion dollar fund." period, no elaboration, no explanation. He suggested we just talk to Cuba and North Korea, with no conditions (it shows a naivete about the history and conflicts of the past)! He needs practice, he needs to be understand the issues, he needs more experience.

Hillary is no Bill (whom I unabashedly LOVE) - but Hillary does share his quest for knowledge and data. They are unashamedly wonkish - and I LOVE that.

While I am becoming increasingly enamored with Barack's speech and "hope", I haven't built up a level of confidence in his knowledge and understanding of the complexity of issues (aside from race).

I really hope he gets there - because I really do think that the country needs to have an inspiration leader - one who is positive.

I will whole-heartedly admit that Hillary comes with a lot of baggage (ugh - don't start please!), but I am willing to overlook them for now because I believe the country really needs someone who can be tough, tenacious, determined, and knowledgeable.

I am tired of the rhetoric (Compassionate Conservative), the sweet talk (Bush's Texan charm) - I want someone to tackle the issues head on. Though I am an optimist, our country is in a position where we need determination, hard decision-making, and tenacity - not just "hope".

That's why I cast my ballot for Hillary.

Nattymama
02.09.08

I became energized by Obama after I saw him speak and read his first book. I have not only contributed 2 times to the campaign, I have attended local meetings, handed out flyers and made copies for the local headquarters in Harlem. It feels great to be a part of the primary process for the 1st time. Obama has already brought about change in the way young people feel about politics - I think he is exactly what we need.

Oh -- and yes he won more states AND more delegates on super tuesday... O-BA-MA !! O-BA-MA!!

NewAgeMom
02.08.08

"I just don’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton. I am sad that she is a big triangulator, and that she seems to be desperate and that everything she says and does at this point seems to come out of fear. I am sick of fear, and politicians acting out of fear, and using fear and manipulating the fears of the populace. I don’t trust Hillary anymore, because she continually stretches the truth to suit her purposes."

This is exactly how I feel about Hillary and I am glad that I am not the only woman that feels like that. I am all for feminist power moves but I can't get behind a female candidate who behaves the way she does when it comes to the truth.

TheMacMommy
02.05.08

Hey, thanks for posting this. I just literally got back from a walk to the polling place where I casted my vote for Obama. I was on the fence but I wanted to give Billary a run for her money. I'm not crazy about her either but it will be a hell of a lot better than another 4 years of Bush, oops, I mean McCain. I'm secretly hoping Romney pulls ahead only so Obama can kick his butt come election time. That's what it's all about for now, hope. And when the time comes, change. It's time to stop fearing and be brave! P.S. This is the very first time I've ever voted in a primary.