|On this day,|
we gather because we have chosen hope over fear,
unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day,
- President Barack Obama
Tomorrow at noon (9:00 a.m. Pacific) President-elect Obama will become President Obama. It will be great to see. Doesn't it seem like the transition period has gone on for an awfully looong time? It's the same time between the election and inauguration we'd had for decades, but it just seemed so long this time.
|After eight years of getting jabbed every time|
the president appeared behind a microphone,
the well-worn mute button can now take a much-deserved rest.
- letter to the editor, San Jose Mercury News
This was posted on a couple of the blogs I read regularly. Keith Olbermann delivers an articulate and passionate defense of gay marriage. He says, in essence, "If two people of the same sex love each other, how does that hurt you?" I know that this is making the rounds, but this is such a masterpiece I had to share it here as well.
Wednesday morning I returned to NPR. It's good to be back. Much better for exercising my brain cells. I still don't understand why I kept listening to sports talk in the four months when there is no baseball, except that I just couldn't bear listening to news and commentary during the abuses and excesses of the W administration.
But it's a new day, and we have a President-elect who is intelligent, well-spoken, and thoughtful. The problems are no different, but at least it looks like they will be tackled in a deliberate, considered, and well thought-out manner.
One nice thing about being here in Gilroy is that I have three NPR stations I can get: KQED, San Francisco; KUSP, Santa Cruz; and KAZU, Monterey. Not to mention the myriad of NPR stations that stream on the Internet.
I've started breathing again! What a historic day!
...until all the polls have closed on Tuesday. It looks encouraging. As of this (Sunday) evening, cnn.com projects, with 270 electoral votes needed to win the election, 210 safe for Obama and 81 leaning, with 157 safe for McCain, 36 leaning, and 90 tossup.
This morning's print version (remember when saying that was redundant or meaningless?) of the New York Times reported as of Friday 196 solid for Obama, 81 leaning, with 137 solid for McCain, 26 leaning, and 84 tossup.
But there's still a full day of campaigning left, and a lot can happen in a day. Not to mention we've gotten burned the last two presidential elections.
FranIam has the best advice:
|It is not a shoo-in, no matter what you think.|
It is going to be hard.
Please make sure that you go vote - you will need ample time.
Bring a book in case the line is long. Be patient. Be hopeful.
Volunteer to drive people to and from the polls. Call people.
Be focused, be kind in the face of unkindness. Be clear. Be ready.
I used to listen to NPR all the time. Up until the 2000 election. After the Republicans stole the election, or perhaps after the Supreme Court handed it to them, I realized that I couldn't stand to hear George W's voice. It made me sick to my stomach.
So I started listening to the Bay Area sports talk station, KNBR. Now this makes perfect sense during baseball season, but I tended to listen year-round, in spite of my lack of interest in football, basketball, and hockey. But then the issues there are far less critical, and the results of games provide for less nuance and more black-and-white.
As Dave Frishberg sings in his song "The Sports Page:"
By the time I understand the news I read today
I've got to forget the news I read the day before
and referring to the Lakers (or any non-baseball team for that matter):
|There it is on the sports page,|
No way to deny it
They win they lose or they tie it
You can't cover it up in the news
I know, I know...I said I would say nothing else about Sarah Palin, but this is just too, too good! Especially if you remember Evita. Now that's definitely it from me about Sarah. Really. This time for sure!
Thanks to FranIam for this.