Monday, 5 November 2012

THIS DAY 4 YEARS AGO...


PREPARING FOR TOMORROW...
[First posted 03/11/2008]




Barring an extraordinary shock, Barack Obama will win more than 270 electoral votes on Tuesday, giving him the White House. Hours before voting starts, John McCain has no clear path to reaching that goal. In fact, interviews with political strategists in both parties and election analysts and advisers to both presidential campaigns — including a detailed look at public and private polling data — indicate that an Obama victory with well over 300 electoral votes is a more likely outcome than a McCain victory.
[Keep reading here]



In the two years since Sen. Barack Obama announced his bid for the presidency, black Americans have been on an emotional roller coaster. Only recently have many of us allowed ourselves to envision what once seemed impossible: A U.S. president who is a person of color. With Obama leading in national pre-election polls, the suspense has become nearly unbearable.
Even deeper at the center of our current anxiety are at least two questions that carry all the complexity of black Americans' history in this country: What will it mean personally to us if he wins? And how will it affect the future of African Americans?
Win or lose, how will we cope?
[Keep reading here]
My thanks to BRE for calling my attention to these.


A Change Is Gonna Come - Otis Redding

PREPARING FOR TOMORROW...
[First posted 03/11/2008]




Barring an extraordinary shock, Barack Obama will win more than 270 electoral votes on Tuesday, giving him the White House. Hours before voting starts, John McCain has no clear path to reaching that goal. In fact, interviews with political strategists in both parties and election analysts and advisers to both presidential campaigns — including a detailed look at public and private polling data — indicate that an Obama victory with well over 300 electoral votes is a more likely outcome than a McCain victory.
[Keep reading here]



In the two years since Sen. Barack Obama announced his bid for the presidency, black Americans have been on an emotional roller coaster. Only recently have many of us allowed ourselves to envision what once seemed impossible: A U.S. president who is a person of color. With Obama leading in national pre-election polls, the suspense has become nearly unbearable.
Even deeper at the center of our current anxiety are at least two questions that carry all the complexity of black Americans' history in this country: What will it mean personally to us if he wins? And how will it affect the future of African Americans?
Win or lose, how will we cope?
[Keep reading here]
My thanks to BRE for calling my attention to these.


A Change Is Gonna Come - Otis Redding

9 comments:

Tchinó said...

There is no way to be prepared for tomorrow, whether a loss or VICTORY occurs.
I am taking the opportunity to express my deep sorrow to Obama's family.

Koluki I remember you to in angonotícias as "Kalú Pura". Am I right?

BRE said...

Thank you Koluki, and thank you to people around the world who have so enthusiatically supported the campaign of this remarkable young man, Barack Hussein Obama.

I've just watched a CNN 'Breaking Newscast' of Barack and Michelle Obama casting their votes at a polling station in Chicago together with their two daughters. The man looks as cool as a cucumber while much of the rest of the nation (and the world) are a nervous wreck awaiting the outcome of this US election. How does he do it? Does he have anti-freeze running through his veins to help keep him cool or what?

I still have a terrible problem with my eyes watering-up as I watch this political drama unfold online and on TV. Let me go get more Kleenix tissues so I can blow my nose and dry my eyes. D--n! What's wrong with me and why am I and millions of other people so emotional about this election?

Koluki said...

You're right Tchino', it's difficult to "prepare" for something nobody has experienced before...

And yes, I was Kalu Pura and Kimpa Vita and Tia Indignada and probably one or two other 'pseudos' that came to my mind depending on the subject I decided to comment on. But that was a long time ago... I have stopped commenting there long before I started this blog and once I started it I seldom visit angonoticias or other similar sites, unless there's something really important going on like the elections.

Koluki said...

Bill,

What can I say my bro...
Count yourself lucky for being alive to see this day, unlike so many others who dreamt about it like Otis Redding whose 'A Change Will Gonna Come' says a lot about this moment.
Yes, Obama had to look cool, calm and collected for a moment like that, but you might have also seen his long tears yesterday for the passing of his beloved grandmother... Sad that she would've to go so close to this day, but it's life.

Cheer up man!
Cheers!

BRE said...

Well, we did it. Barack Obama has won the election. I am sure glad that it's over. Sure feels good, don't it? Feels real good. Enjoy the day over there and try to take in some of the excitement taking place right around the globe. Colin Powell was right, an Obama victory would be "electrifying"!

VDV said...

Só um grito:
VITÓRIA!!!!!!!!!

Koluki said...

BRE,

Yes, we did it! (...hope that no jealous Americans - of the kind who say, he is MY president, the president of MY country - reads this...)

;-)

The day here has been totally crazy. As you can imagine, I spent all night up yesterday, watching the CNN and BBC coverages -actually, I found the BBC one better, but that's beside the point. The point being that I woke up to an afternoon all 'bombarded' by fireworks which just drove me crazy... I couldn't understand what was going on, are they celebrating Obama's victory?, I asked myself but dismissed the idea, or is it some leftovers from halloween they're trying to dispose of?
Well, only later in the day I realized that it was actually Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night!!!

Anyway, I just decided to make it all a celebration for Obama as I join a group of friends and colleagues tonight...

Cheers!

Koluki said...

VDV:

YES!
Sobretudo para quem alguma vez duvidou que A VICTORIA E' CERTA!!!

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