O-Ba-Ma

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

Restless crowds grow calmer when they chant the name. The name, and the man, represent so much, to so many people. It's a remarkable time to be American, to feel, what, pride in country? So many of us, for so long, have felt alienated by, disassociated from, our own country, preferring to think of ourselves as global citizens, and of the American ruling class as "them." Watching every moment of yesterday's inauguration from my home in New York, it was absolutely impossible not to feel stirrings of real hope that, even when he stumbles, in Barack Obama Americans have finally elected a leader of dignity, of depth, of goodness, and thank god, of color. A leader who, unlike his predecessor, whose departing helicopter was lifted by the happy cheers of a crowd two-million-strong, is, simply, a grown-up. A grown-up who, in his inaugural address, acknowledged that though America is still a young nation, "... the time has come to set aside childish things." If anyone is naive enough to think that President Obama's election means the end of racism in America, or the end of its hubris as a global leader, they will quickly be disabused of both notions. But at least a new road has finally been chosen. The longest journey can begin...