I’ll admit it, I was a late convert to Obamadom, believing for most of the primary election cycle that he was/is, how they say out West “All hat and no cattle.” I could still be proven right on that point.
But I nevertheless was caught up in the historic and cultural turning point that marked election night. Many commentators and pundits wanted to attach the race issue to Obama’s victory and there’s no avoiding the topic. And with typical small-mindedness the media on the next day seemed to only go to the black communities for local stories about the victory, ignoring Obama’s support in non-minority communities (which accounted for about 80 percent of his tally).
Maybe not right way, but eventually the presidential election of 2008 won’t be seen through the prism of race but, rather, it will mark the point in time when we looked beyond race.
Not to belittle Obama’s great victory but a bucket of paint might have had almost as good a chance of getting elected president this year against a Republican.
Timing and luck contribute greatly to presidential campaigns and Obama got most of it this year. Combine that with the ruthless discipline his organization showed and there was no way he could lose.
Like Chris Rock said: Never bet against a Kenyan in a marathon race.
The top six moments in my life in which the world seemed to change overnight (In chronological order):
1.JFK Assassination. The end of Camelot really marked the beginning of the Sixties.
2.The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. We had heard of the Beatles and maybe even had some of their records. But seeing them live for the first time that night, well, everything was really changed.
3.Apollo 8 Moon Mission. Not the moon landing? No. This was the first time we could point a camera back at the entire earth and look at it hanging there in the immense void of space. That and three men who were further from home than anyone, ever, reading Biblical passages on Christmas Eve was more moving than the landing seven months later.
4.Nixon Resigns. Although I have to say i really missed the daily Watergate tumult leading up to his departure.
5.9/11. We could argue that things really haven’t changed that much since 9/11. Still, anyone who lived through that day certainly felt changed.
6.2008 Presidential Election. Yes, it did.