Hopeful, Angry and Mixed Emotions

As you know, I haven’t written much about politics during this election season. I don’t tend to talk much about politics on this blog, but it does come up from time to time. As we are now about a week past the election of our first African-American President, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on some of the things that have made me hopeful, angry and filled with mixed emotions.

I’m hopeful. I voted for Barack Obama. I doubt that is any surprise to you if you’ve been following my Twitter/Facebook comments throughout the past few weeks. It was never a question for me that Obama would get my vote. I first heard of Barack Obama during a family reunion in Illinois, summer of 2004. My grandpa (and all of my other Mennonite cousins and aunts and uncles) were talking about how this was a politician that we could actually put some hope in – that he was someone who cared about social justice, the poor and was someone to keep an eye on. I figured if he’s good enough for my Mennonite relatives, he’s someone I should try and keep up on.

Of course, I forgot about him a few months after that until his name started coming up for the Presidential race. Once he received the nomination, there was no question in my mind, I would vote for Barack Obama.

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Sarah Palin and The Great Schlep

I’m not one who generally writes much about politics – or enjoys getting into heated political conversations – but in the recent weeks, I have been enjoying the conversations I’ve had with folks. And generally it starts with something like “Yah – but can you see Russian from there…?” Oh Sarah Palin. Part of me wonders if she thinks she’s actually doing well in these interviews, or if she walks away from them saying, “Oh gee. Did I really just say “Putin rears his head…” on national television. I’d like to give her some credit, but…it’s just not looking good for her. At all. I’m gleefully looking forward to both the Vice-Presidential Debate tomorrow night, as well as SNL’s spoof of it on Saturday (which I’m sure must be forthcoming – Tina Fey is amazing).

Anyway – I’m sure you’ve all had your fill of Palin-videos, but you gotta love this one where she can’t even name one single magazine or newspaper she’s read. Watch it here and watch Katie Couric’s expression at the 35-second mark. She’s clearly thinking, “Oh just answer the damn question Palin….” There are two other videos that I watched tonight that are pretty worth it. The first is the viral YouTube clip 5 Friends (uncensored version).

The second – which is also slightly inappropriate – is Sarah Silverman’s “The Great Schlep.” In it, she encourages everyone to schlep on over to Florida and get their old Jewish relatives to vote for Obama. Definitely worth a watch.

The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.