I wonder if everyone in America knows and understands how significant the election of Barack Obama is. Barack Obama's election is significant because now, all the world knows, a minority can be elected to the highest office in the most powerful country in the world. His election has BROKEN the glass ceiling. Forever more, the Presidency will be OPEN to ALL minorities.
Sure we have SAID it could happen, but it never could happen until someone was elected. This is greater than Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball or Tiger Woods breaking the color barrier when he won Golf's Master's Tournament. We have a minority President. Now every door in the world is OPEN to all of us: Women, People of Color, People of every ethnicity, race, sexual preference. This means we truly ARE all equal! We ARE the Land of the Free and Home of the brave.
But not everyone is rejoicing in this great achievement!
I was in IHOP yesterday morning. My hubby and I were casually having breakfast. Across from us sat an elderly white couple, probably in their late seventies. The little grandpa and grandma had white hair, were slightly bent and, I imagined, both here for their senior breakfast. They were reading the paper. Suddenly the elderly granny excitedly and happily exclaimed in a loud voice (we all jumped and automatically listened): "Barack Obama's popularity rating if finally below 50%." Old grandpa jumped and looked embarrassed. He gave her a dramatic "shush" holding his finger to his lips. Old granny continued to beam, smiling from ear to ear, repeating what she had just said in a dramatic whisper.
My husband and I just looked at each other and giggled. "Old, racist coots," I thought. I mouthed to my husband, "Why do you think she is so happy?" He just shrugged. We didn't discuss it, but I knew. The old woman reminded me of Fuzzy Zoehller when he said about Tiger Woods, "that little boy should not order fried chicken or collard greens for the Champions Dinner next year."
The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, the most powerful country in the world, has made a significant difference. His election is more significant than the Civil Rights Movement. His election is more significant than the Civil War. His election means a change for the world. All people of all colors, of every ethnicity, race, sexual preference know and understand we are all equal! There is NO going back now. No ONE group (or race/ethnicity or gender) stands superior or in power any more!
I saw on the news todayPresident Obama met with the people of Ghana, South Africa. The people of Ghana are rejoicing in the streets. For the first time in their history, the first time in the history of the world, the people of Ghana are rejoicing in the streets, heralding the visit of a U.S. President, our President, Barack Obama.
We as a nation should be PROUD! We should be rejoicing that diplomacy and honor and respect have been returned to the highest office of our land. People across the world are welcoming our President again, NOT hanging him in effigy, as they did with President Bush.
Yet, the same day, a little old white haired, white skinned granny was rejoicing in her IHOP booth in Dallas, Texas happy that our President's popularity ratings dipped below 50%.
Sadly, she is not alone. Many extremist right wing websites, tea party attendees and Fox News are also rejoicing at the President's decline in popularity.
Oh sure some will say they have the 1st ammendment right to hate our president, to chastise him and to wish him and our country into failure. They can be like the Limbaughs and Becks of the world who are drooling and wishing for another al quaida attack upon our nation to bring popularity back to their own agendas, regardless the impact and detriment to our United States of America.
What does that say about the right wingnuts in America? They are an embarrassment not only to our country but to the world. While most of us in our country and across the world are rejoicing in a return to sanity in the White House, these right wingnuts are wishing for failure for our President and are thriving in racism, hatred and anger right here in the U.S.A.!