Thank you, Barack Obama

Posted in Politics at 12:06 pm by ducky

From time to time since the election, I have burst into tears.  Oftentimes it hits me without warning.

Today, I burst into tears twice.  The first was at seeing a picture of Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and their wives in a group hug with Obama’s inauguration on the TV in the background.  Tommie Smith and John Carlos were the two who gave the “black power” salute on the podium at the 1968 Olympic Games.  That picture really gave me a sense that we have closed a chapter in our national history.  The story of racism in the United States has not ended, but a chapter has closed.  Slammed shut.

The second time, I could only eke out a “Honey!”  Jim asked what, but I couldn’t answer because I was convulsed with sobs.  Jim rushed to me, concerned.  All I could manage was, “He signed it!” and point at the article saying that Obama had signed an anti-torture executive order.    Thank you, Mr. President.  I have been waiting for this for a long time.

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