Sunday, February 3, 2008
Obama--"Yes We Can"
Our nation is in great need of hope, healing, and unity. While we have candidates on both sides of the political divide who have talent and intelligence, I feel strongly that Barak Obama is the man who can restore hope in the hearts of Americans. I was only in first grade when JFK was killed, but I do remember where I was standing in our kitchen in Orem Utah, my mother on the telephone, and my brother whispering that the president was dead. I have since watched documentaries, and read books, inspired by the words of Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, and John Kennedy. I've watched several times the speech that Robert Kennedy was giving when he was interrupted with the message that Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and had subsequently died. He paused and then spoke from his heart about the great man. His words inspired and healed in tumultuous times. The Sixties were difficult. Change was in the hearts of Americans. Hope was on the horizon. No matter what a person felt politically they felt despair to see first JFK shot and killed, then Martin, and then Robert. Hope was lost.
It's been forty years since that time. On 9-11 our dreams were dashed once more. Since 9-11, we have begun to rebuild, only to be divided again. I feel strongly that the man who can bring us together is Barak Obama. Caroline Kennedy, along with uncle Ted have endorsed Barak. They recognize something familiar in him, and so do I. He combines the charisma of Robert, the hope of Martin Luther King, and the wholesomeness that perhaps both men lacked. I see in him greatness, and greatness is what we need. This Tuesday Vote! He said, in the "unlikely story that is America there is nothing false about hope." Check out this inspiring music video using Barak's own words. http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=27458246