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November 5, 2008


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  1. Awwsome , That was amazinnnnn! Who produced that? Opera and Obama. Anything is possible! Am with you there me fellow human. God bless the Queen and America, even if I have had a few drinks and enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webface.

    Oh….!! is that a baracston hicks or just a obmama?

    Comment by Abbessa — November 5, 2008 @ 11:48 pm | Reply

  2. When I was in 8th grade, I went with my favorite history teacher and a group of other kids on a trip to Washington, D.C. over the Christmas holiday break. We spent a week touring the capitol city, seeing wonders such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and even the presidential motorcade, where we were thrilled to spot Ronald Reagan’s mottled old hand waving to us from his limo.

    The defining memory for me, though, was a visit to the Lincoln Memorial. It was nighttime, with a chilly breeze wafting in from the Potomac. But I had never been so electrified. I had wandered off from the main group (as I do), and in the soft light and still air I read the words inscribed on those walls. Great words, from the mind of this man whose seated effigy loomed over me in that vast and hushed place. I remember a swelling of pride, that I lived in such a place where men like this could rise to achieve such great things. I carried that pride home, choking up a little when, at the end of the broadcast day, local television stations would play the national anthem, accompanied by aerial shots of mountains, canyons, and fields of plenty.

    I carried that pride into the voting booth in 1992, where I reverently took part in the continuation of this great legacy of freedom and democracy.

    That pride, while often tested during the 1990s, was dashed to shreds on the rocks in the early years of this new century. My country had fallen. Dead. Destroyed utterly. From its eviscerated corpse, a thing rose, a creature putrid and foul, sucking what life remained from the bones of its host. I shrank in fear of what I, as an American, had somehow allowed to happen.

    But something else happened, both to me and to other citizens. We were radicalized. We dug deep into our nation’s history, trying to sort out how on earth such a horrific thing could have been born from something so noble. In the process, we found ugly things. We found unpleasant truths about our history, fell deeds masked by the triumphs that accompanied them, and we were humbled. We realized that if we were to correct our country’s course, it would have to start with fundamental principles, things which had often been placed aside in more pragmatic times. We would have to believe that we could become better than we had been.

    The arrival of Barack Obama comes at precisely the right time in America’s history. Obviously he alone cannot put us on the right course in this new century. But he knows that, and calls us all to participate in making our country better. It’s exactly the call that those of us who wandered in the wilderness during the Bush adminstration wanted to hear.

    The American century is over. A new world of global cooperation awaits, and now, at last, we have the right leadership to give it a chance of success.

    It has been nearly 20 years since I have been this proud to be an American. And for that, I have not only Barack Obama to thank, but my people, who rose to the challenge and did their part to prove that this country can be a better place.

    Thank you, America. Today, I honestly love you.

    Comment by matthew — November 6, 2008 @ 12:12 am | Reply

  3. Just to be a musical dork about it, (and i am a recovering Musical addict) the vid features a song from Les Miserables (Les Mis) which isn’t of course Llyod Webber.

    I’ll also go as far to say, that despite not having cared about a damn thing he’s done in 20 years, up to and including Phantom, i like it. i esPECAILLY LOOOOOOOOOOVE Jesus Christ Superstar. LOVE IT. Discovered it when i was 14 and it blew my little mind. It is one of my many ambitions to one day reorchestrate JCS, giving it a THOROUGH updating, hip hop, alt rock, electronica, the works. I would prefer Jesus be played by a black woman and Judas be a white male. I even envision the Priests as being country. I swear to you, i can make this work and be absolutely FABulous.

    Comment by bunitingi — November 7, 2008 @ 3:52 am | Reply

  4. “Recovering” musical addict? I think not…

    Comment by matthew — November 7, 2008 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

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