this meme is fairly simple:
- each blogger posts 44 things about the 44th President of the USA
- somewhere in the post, the tag #44:44 is included, so all the posts are more easily tracked
- each blogger then tags 4 other bloggers (or 44, if they are wacky) to invite them to post their own 44 things about the 44th President on their blog
- i'm tagging: fenech @ raging bear talks; julie @ one hand clapping; jules @ afrique-in' out; gordon @ reallivepreacher.com; the road less traveled; mikey @ mikeyllikesit; carl @ simplegestures; and nonprofitprophet. many of you have already posted insightful and beautiful things in the past 2 days, in which case, you can ignore bob's guidelines and post fewer than 44, or cut and paste ... or ignore this (this is the land of the free-to-not-write-if-we-don't-feel-like-it)
1. barack obama is a funny and great name.
2. he and i are the same age.
3. that makes him a part of the same post-Baby-Boomer / early Gen-X generation as i am. (sometimes we're called postmoderns.) that means he is a part of a group of people in america who, in large part:
- 4. trust relationships more than external authority
- 5. have hope around, and belief in, serving something larger than themselves
- 6. are realistic optimists / optimistic realists
- 7. live in a space of those who were raised before the cyber-revolution, but live in a post-cyber-revolution world, and feel comfortable in both
- 8. see spirituality as holistic and large rather than limited and specific
- 9. have never known a world without political cynicism
- 10. were influenced as children and young adults by both the idealism and struggles of the New Frontier, the Great Society, and the Civil Rights movement
- 11. lived as teenagers and young adults through disco, punk, bad hair, bad fashion, 80's hair bands, the invention of MTV, VCRs, and cable television
- 12. have a strong aversion to what they see as the self-absorption of Baby Boomers
- 13. admire and respect the Great Generation
- 14. have never had a unifying "cause" ... until now
- 15. do not see racial differences and reject racial and ethnic characterizations
- 16. aren't afraid of change
18. this is in part not due to his philosophical bent, but because he has been both black and white, both privileged and poor, and both authority and advocate
19. michele obama is strong and beautiful and smart and is the kind of woman most men would love to be partners with, but are in some ways afraid of (because of their strength, beauty and intelligence)
20. this says even more about the character of barack obama
21. as stephen colbert said, obama is our first Hawaiian president!
22. obama's hair is already getting gray
23. obama needs prayer - and not because his hair is getting gray. this is a big responsibility.
24. obama is vastly more attractive to me as a person and as a leader than hillary clinton would have been
25. in part this is because he has a humility that she does not
26. i saw in his face last night that he is feeling the weight of what he has signed up for
27. he will learn a lot as he goes; i believe he is someone who learns as he goes, and that's a helluvah good thing
28. he will do well if he picks very smart and centered people to surround himself with
29. he has already shown the ability to do that in those who advised him and helped him with his campaign
30. obama's political and philosophical values are, for me, the best of what christianity says it is about but mostly isn't about
31. this election has made me so proud of america
32. obama is going to piss a lot of people off because he will refuse to play to the lowest common denominator in people
33. obama will inspire many more people - as evidenced in his landslide victory - because he will refuse to play to the lowest common denominator in people
34. he has a great jump shot
35. as some commentator said last night, he is not interested in being a black president; he is interested in being a great president.
36. i honestly don't think obama has the jackie robinson burden - as in, the first black baseball player had to be head and shoulders above the expectations of anyone watching him as a player and as a man. i think the vast majority of americans are for the man and don't hold it against him that he's black, or half black, or whatever; i think what we're much more interested in is whether the man will do what he says he will do.
37. i believe obama has inspired and spoken to lots more americans than black people, young people, or well-educated people. and i'm glad about that.
38. i want healing. i believe barack obama will set a tone that is about healing in this culture
39. there will be people who will not want healing or reconciliation or hope or unity. fuck them. i'm tired of their rhetoric of hatred and fearmongering.
40. okay, okay. let's not discard them; let's love the shit out of them. for real.
41. god has called me personally to be someone who loves the shit out of them for real.
42. i want to meet barack obama and tell him i trust him and am praying for him
43. i want barack obama to read the book i'm writing about how i believe jesus is only love and the rest is bullshit
44. barack obama is brave and principled. that alone makes him worth supporting.