I never felt the way our predecessors felt for a leader before. I always revered Martin Luther King, admired Malcolm X, and appreciated the thousands of ladies and gentlemen who stood up (or sat-in) so I could have this life in this country. But I never felt what they felt. I feel it now. I love Mr. Obama. Not because I believe that he will totally transform this country and not specifically because of his new title. I love him because of his background, his journey, his honesty, and his nobility.
I love him because he showed me that being an adult means smiling when lies are thrown at you instead of throwing them back. I love him because he loves his family and they love him more. I love him because he understands his limitations but knows he is limitless. I love him because he gave millions of children and young adults this thing called hope. He really did.
So, I feel it today. I understand. I know how a man that you do not even know can bring you to tears with a message of purity and good. How your heart can stop in elation for another persons success. How you can believe in the powers of a human, and realize that he is still human. Today, I feel and understand so that tomorrow I can become.
ditto. your words are about as clear as can be on how so many of us feel about him. not a messiah, but no ordinary man either. his success really does give you hope for your own. thanks for the response, it almost broguht tears to my eyes. 🙂
I agree with you both. Ngozi your words are passionate and heartfelt…just like the times was are in. Despite the chaos and constant bad news hope still rings out and is ever present in the atmosphere. We all have choices and I choose to focus on the the positive. Thanks for posting Leandra. It’s beautiful.
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