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A Sun Often Rises

Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at 8:16 AM

There is a strange phenomenon surrounding Presidential elections. Somehow we remember which candidate we voted for. Often, though, it becomes difficult to remember either who lost, or all the other people on the ballot that year. I clearly remember in my first election voting for Barry Goldwater (yes, I'm still proud that in the State of Missouri I was the guy who voted for Barry). But who else was on the ballot now eludes me.

In every election since 1964, I've voted for whoever the Republicans could talk into running for office. This says a great deal more about my own narrow-mindedness and ultra-conservative right-wingedness than the quality of the candidates. To the best of my memory I have only voted twice for the guy on the Democrat side. I voted for Brad Ellsworth in 2006, and I voted for Barack Obama in 2008. In both cases it was simply because I liked the man and hoped he'd best do God's work on earth. Presumably age has enlightened me regarding my electoral assessments.

I am glad electing the President of the United States does not come down to who I like, and that we as a nation made a national choice. And I am ecstatic I don't have the job. Nationally and internationally our new President faces a world and a responsibility such as no mere man has faced in a very long time. Some compare his situation with the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt at the beginning of the Great Depression, or to Abraham Lincoln at the point of Civil War. Some even compare the challenges facing Barack Obama to those which faced George Washington -- when there was no assurance whatsoever that the government or nation would survive at all.

I for one do not honestly know which of the available candidates, if any, would be better able to handle the tasks our new President faces. To paraphrase Harry Truman when told he was now President, the weight of the sun and moon and all the stars now fall on this "big-eared skinny black guy with the funny name" we liked so much and on whom we just chose to impose the unimaginable burden of being President of the United States of America.

There is a story told of Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Dr. Franklin is said to have asked a gentleman who sat next to him whether he had taken notice of the picture of the sun embossed in the back of George Washington's chair. The gentleman replied that he had, but not with any particular attention. Franklin observed he had viewed the picture throughout the convention and had not been able determine whether the sun was rising or setting. But now that the Constitution was completed he was sure it was a rising sun. Franklin never met Roosevelt or Lincoln, or Obama.

Success or failure, rising sun or no, none of us will ever forget who we voted for in 2008.

God's speed Barack Obama

David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at kayanddavid@joink.com.


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Though not an Obama maniac, I am praying for our new President as he begins his very difficult and often times, daunting new job. I am just reserved to jump for joy and swoon over any man who I have no track record on which to base my faith and trust. I hope we all will remember that just because the media wishes to make you believe this common man is somehow a Messiah-like figure, there is only one Messiah and He is NOT taking the oath of Office today. Good luck to you Mr. President, you are going to need it!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Tue, Jan 20, 2009, at 9:09 AM

I urge all to listen to the BBC [British Broadcasting] reports of the inauguration. People from around the world took notice of what we Americans have accomplished. No matter for whom individuals voted [I noted Senator McCain in the audience and at the luncheon afterward as though defeated he is still a valued member who continues to be a part of our public servant team], collectively WE have again had a peaceful and joyful transition from one president to another. Something many countries have not yet figured out how to do. It is the democratic process. That alone makes us all special. We have been for many years "a country of multicultural immigrants" [NY Times]. Now we have elected a president who truly reflects that multicultural background. Not only is he both a descendant of whites and blacks by blood. His family also represents a culture of Indonesia, China, and Canada via other family members through various marriages of siblings of various degrees. So black, white, "yellow". Christian, Muslim, and even a relative who is a rabbi, bring the Jewish faith into his family.

He is a true broad spectrum reflection of the people of the United States. This will give him that unique ability to have empathy for many more and be a true representative of so many more Americans, not only those who are black or white.

Other countries see this maturing of America into a true melting pot by our ability to have a true representative of the American people and not only the views of the white Anglo Saxon protestant population. This "statement" has proven to the world that by deed and not just by word does America stand for "Liberty and justice for all"

Even with poor economy and wars, it was a fine day for the United States and the entire world took notice and many joined our celebration. It's been a long time since our allies and our adversaries have done that. Think of what that might mean as far as the possibilities for our future and that of the world.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 8:03 AM

Is this President going to represent the truth, we all saw the mess up on the oath yesterday, last night CBS spun it that it was a bungle by Justice Roberts. Later I saw the President say he was responsible and that Justice Roberts actually helped him out, not the reverse. I did not vote for him, however he's definately got my respect for telling the truth and not going with the spin, if this is a true reflection of the man, maybe we will come out of this better.

-- Posted by Centered on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 12:12 PM

Is this President going to represent the truth, we all saw the mess up on the oath yesterday, last night CBS spun it that it was a bungle by Justice Roberts. Later I saw the President say he was responsible and that Justice Roberts actually helped him out, not the reverse. I did not vote for him, however he's definately got my respect for telling the truth and not going with the spin, if this is a true reflection of the man, maybe we will come out of this better.

-- Posted by Centered on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 12:12 PM


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