Thoughts on Obama

What’s up fam,

I wanted to wait to write about the historic election until it seemed normal. True to form, I wanted to share with you some thoughts I have concerning the Obama administration.

1. MLK’s dream was not that there would one day be a Black President of the United States. W.E.B. DuBois never claimed that a Black President would break the color line. The themes and tropes that Ralph Ellison highlighted in his book, the Invisible Man, is just as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1952.

2. Our role as Obama supporters should be to provide the political space for Obama to make bold decisions rather than be his reliable defenders. Not only does Obama not need coddling (Michelle has that locked up), he also shown he can take a punch. This means that you need to stay engaged with local advocacy groups and make sure your communities are prepared for the change Obama seeks. Even positive change can be difficult for most people so know that voting for Obama was the easy part.

3. I really want Obama to break with tradition and use a computer in the Oval Office because not only would it represent his own appreciation of technology but it would hopefully shed light on the digital divide that still plagues communities all across the country.

4. I know many men admire Michelle because let’s face it, she is a rider and sacrificed a ton so that Barack could have the freedom to chase his dreams. So as men, I know many of us, (including me) have said that we need a “Michelle” in our lives. In case you didn’t know, Michelle has many of the same qualities as Barack and could just as easily be President of the United States. The implication here is that as men, our “Obama fantasy” may mean that we are supporting our partners running for office or helping to found a business.

5. I wonder if there will be an increase in people of color joining the army now that Obama is Commander-in-Cheif? Morally speaking, I wonder if and how Obama will internalize the deaths and injuries endured in Afghanistan and Iraq. I raise that because at least with Bush, he decided that we were going to war so when he meets with the families of fallen soldiers, there is a direct line of responsibility that he must shoulder. Obama, on the other hand, not only opposed the war but he did not decide that we fight so will Obama be able to mentally shift responsibility to Bush?

More to come later,

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

UPDATE: I just came across an article where we learn that Obama does plan to use a laptop (a first for any President) in the Oval Office but he will be forced to give up his Blackberry, (I feel bad for you Barack, I say you push back) apparently due to security reasons. From the Statesman, “Aides said he hopes to have a laptop on his desk in the Oval Office. He would be the first American president to do so.” Wouldn’t it be sweet if Obama had a family portrait set as his background?



One response to “Thoughts on Obama”

  1. Saba says :

    I think it would be interesting to see the shift in the nation if more people of color joined the army. But I think its more important if we can actually get out of Iraq and somehow stabilize the reformed country again, because having the soldiers continually remain there is draining our resources. And the current economy is not exactly helping.

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