Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Breaking Through

Last night I was supposed to take Holden to a campaign meeting at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 520 with the hope of seeing Sen. Obama speak, but he did not have time to stop in Harrisburg last night. Disappointing, but hopefully there will be another chance down the road. I want to kindle the spark of interest Holden shows in politics and allow him to particpate in history as well. They switched the meeting to a button-making party at campaign HQ, which didn't interest Holden too much and, honestly, I felt like shit to begin with, so I schlepped Ethan to his soccer practice instead, allowing Nate to not have to run away from work before he was technically able to.

Watching Obama on CNN right now speaking on race. An important and historic speech on race. (Although the distancing himself from his pastor bothers me. I feel Rev. Wright may have made controversial points, but very salient ones.) He makes me so proud to be an American. It's been a long time since I got that feeling from a Democratic candidate. The speech was preceded but much commentary, and I believe it was the first time I ever heard the phrase "black liberation theology" on CNN or even on TV in general.

Meanwhile I still feel like shit. I guess it's a cold or REALLYREALLY bad seasonal allergies. I'm loaded up on Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Severe liquid, Afrin 12 hour Sever Congestion nasal spray, Airborne and saline nasal spray because my nose is paradoxically so dry it's bleeding even though it won't stop dripping mucus. Yum!

I'm holed up on the couch for the rest of the day, having run my only errand--Holden' orthodontist appointment--and brewed my pot o'coffee and changed into my comfy sweats.

Back to the speech which is still going on: I love how he refuses to campaign negatively again HC even though he has so many reasons to do so. He says to stop pouncing on so-called racist remarks and start focussing on real issues. I can't help it, though, I will keep pouncing. He can be above it, but I'm not that enlightened yet.

BTW, I just started listening to Audacity of Hope on CD last night. I have enough actual reading going on, plus I like his voice, so this is the first book of CD I've ever done, but it's cool. Three to five minute snippets I can grab here and there are perfect for running errands and sitting at soccer practice. He is so honest and inspiring. Really, it's almost sickening, lol.


kate-oh said...

Hope you are soon feeling better. Allergis (and colds) suck!
Too bad Holden didn't get to see Obama...I hope he comes to Harrisburg soon!

Vicki said...

I got no prob with Obama distancing himself from Reverend Wright. Separation of Church and State should work both ways. We're not talking about chocolate and peanut butter, here. The two just don't mix. Don't preach to me from the White House and don't filibuster me from the altar.

Plus, that over-the-top charismatic style of preaching just gives me the heebiejeebies--whether it's Rev. Wright or Benny Hin.

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