Politics, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Watching Obama

Are you watching the Obama half-hour presentation?

They just profiled a retired African-American couple; the wife has Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her hands, her fingers, struggling to get the many pills out of a little dish into which they have been counted: I'm watching now through tears. Every morning, my pills are in a little dish, too.

I want a better world for you and me when we get older, for my kids as they move into adulthood. I want to believe in leadership that cares about what happens to ordinary people.

We have six days to go.

I'm cautiously optimistic.

16 thoughts on “Watching Obama”

  1. Cautiously optimistic here too. Our state attorney general (WI-R) (after his legal suit failed)) is sending out many, many state attorneys to guard against election fraud or to intimidate voters depending who you believe.
    I’m trying not to think about 2000…but some of the same players are involved.

  2. I was in a Bible study tonight. I am trying to watch it on YouTube, but evidently there are so many people trying to watch that it’s stopped downloading. I took a friend to vote today and the line was almost out the door (after curling around two hallways). I’m not to optomistic yet, too many things can go wrong. I just pray I’ll wake up on Wednesday morning with a song, not a dirge, in my heart.

  3. It’s odd how we can all be so pessimistic — or at least non-optimistic. But I am hoping. Did not watch, since I was at my niece’s for a Krishna holiday feast. Maybe I’ll try the ‘net.

  4. I didn’t watch it because we were eating dinner late. I’m starting to feel hopeful about the election, but that scares me. I’m so afraid of being disappointed again.

  5. I watched it. He’s a powerful speaker, and it was a masterful bit of political work. I just hope that it reaches the people who can be swayed by it. I noted that the folks who were examples were from battleground middle America states and were mostly white. If it eases the minds of some who are still struggling with the idea of a President of color, so be it.
    As someone with a chronic illness that requires very expensive medicine ($18K per year)to stay reasonably healthy, I dread what will happen when I graduate from seminary in May, get a job, and have to find if the insurance will cover me. Obama’s commitment to access to health care for people like me is a godsend.
    May it be so.

  6. I’m 45 years old and have been voting all my adult life. I have never seen the fear and hipe and confussion in any presidental campaign as in this one. I love the Lord and I’m a gratefull American. I have one question, As christians when will we “All” stand and state we are putting our Trust in the Lord! (Jesus Christ) not either Senators, I think we all should vote based on the issues and our convictions, but make no mistake we are safe in His (Jesus) Hands!

  7. I thought it was beautifully done as well, and yes, the older couple was the one that hit me hardest as well. I so want to believe that we can do better as a nation. I fear that the cynicism we are used to feeling will somehow get in the way, but I hope not. Lord, I hope not. The audacity of hope, indeed.

  8. Funny, I thought about you when the African American couple was on. I pray that Obama does win the election.
    When Bush was elected a second time, I was in such despair, I was looking up ways to move to Canada. The scare tactic back then was Gay Marriage and the war on terror. Now I want to say to the folks who voted for Bush, “Guess what, we are still at war, gay people are getting married and guess what our economy tanked.”
    I’m hoping that the people our nation will be more thoughtful when they vote in this election.

  9. I missed it but hope to see it on Youtube sometime (middle of the night probably!) I have such hope; I have such concern.
    I am jumping out of my skin about this! It’s almost like waiting for a hurricane, except either the hurricane will hit or NOT. IMHO.
    I am practicing being intentionally very calm (ha) and trying to turn my energies to praying for him and for the voters.

  10. Flashes of Songbird went through my mind, too, as the woman took her pills and rubbed her fingers. I tried to focus on how medical treatment has probably improved since that woman was first diagnosed, which I hope will put Songbird in a better position when she’s her age.
    My optimism over the election is tempered by a fear that complacency might keep some Obama supporters from voting, assuming he already has it won. I don’t just want Obama to win – I want it to be a landslide. Can you imagine the vitriolic right wing reaction if Obama wins by a narrow margin? It will make the 2000 recount look like child’s play.
    I’m also wary of the increase of the Republicans’ desperate attack ads, e-mails, and phone calls. And I’m a little nervous that my sister and her boyfriend are going to Obama’s election night rally in Grant Park. Will hate mongers be in the shadows ready to riot? (They booked a Loop hotel so if they feel uncomfortable they can watch from the safety of their room.) I also know someone whose son lives in a condo a couple blocks from the Omabas, and he and his family are leaving town until after the election in case hate groups decide to target Obama’s home. That same guy’s sister, who lives in the Loop, voted early and plans to go visit her parents on election day.

  11. La Reina, I imagine the security will be amazing. Remember, Secret Service has been protecting him for quite a while now, through all these major outdoor events. Our experience at Wesleyan: the whole thing was accomplished unobtrusively.

  12. Missed it as well. I was in a class on hermeneutics. Can you imagine the wonderful literal narrative that can come out of an Obama landslide? I was lucky to have been at his speech at the General Synod in the Nutmeg State. Amazing!

  13. Songbird, I know the secret service will be protecting Obama, Biden, and their families. It’s the people in the crowd I’m more concerned about. Chicago crowds are known to get pretty rowdy (overturning cars in celebration of a big win – I think that was back when MJ was still with the Bulls, shooting guns into the air in celebration, etc…). The other day a city official predicted a massively huge crowd, since they even will allow people without tickets into the park. I guess it’s supposed to be comforting to know the Chicago Police will be out in full force….

  14. Songbird, I know the secret service will be protecting Obama, Biden, and their families. It’s the people in the crowd I’m more concerned about. Chicago crowds are known to get pretty rowdy (overturning cars in celebration of a big win – I think that was back when MJ was still with the Bulls, shooting guns into the air in celebration, etc…). The other day a city official predicted a massively huge crowd, since they even will allow people without tickets into the park. I guess it’s supposed to be comforting to know the Chicago Police will be out in full force….

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