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An Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama

This morning when Monkey woke up I told him that the man he picked to be president won.

Realize my 4 year-old picked you on a whim yesterday based on your appearance. So congrats on that.

I chose to break my two-presidential-election streak of third party voting (Nader, who has clearly gone cuckoo) to vote for you based on a lot more than Monkey – though I hope he has a good eye for character). Though it wasn’t a whole-hearted “Yay! I am votin’ Obama” vote like it has been for some, because I’m jaded. I chose you over McCain quite easily, because quite frankly the man scares me, with the Bomb Bomb Iran (sorry, not funny) and the “100 Years in Iraq” and Palin not knowing that Africa is a continent (thinks it’s a whole country, for reals). So take it as much as a vote against McCain as for you.

But Sen. (President-Elect) Obama, as someone who voted for you and watched history be made last night, I make one request:

Bring It.

A message of hope brought you to victory, and as such, you’re going in with a lot of expectations. Many think you’re the Messiah, while others think you’re the Anti-Christ. The Messiah camp thinks you will be the BEST PRESIDENT EVER, while the Anti-Christ contigent thinks the apocalypse is nigh and thinks, if we’re lucky, you won’t make it past four years. Some I know who voted for you think you will be a one-termer.

So Bring It.

Surround yourself with good people. Let the healthcare thing go, at least for a while (frankly, I’m not on board with your plan there) and help the market to correct itself. Get us out of freaking Iraq in a responsible manner. Fix what Bush broke.

Congratulations, and best of luck to you. W left you quite a mess. I know I would not want to be in your shoes.

Are you comfortable, Senator Obama?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, can I just point out that in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time. And I don’t mind. I — you know, I’ll be happy to field them, but I do find it curious, and if anybody saw “Saturday Night Live,” you know, maybe we should ask Barack if he’s comfortable and needs another pillow. (Laughter, boos.) I just find it kind of curious that I keep getting the first question on all of these issues. But I’m happy to answer it.

For those of you that missed the particular skit in question, here it is…don’t worry, I’ll wait…

Hillary? Or can I just call you Hill? I can? Thanks. Hill, let’s have a little chat…just us gals. I know they’ve been a little harder on you in the debates. Obama’s almost been crowned the winner, and you’re being crowned the…er, nevermind.

So it’s been rougher than you planned. I get that, I do. But making passive-aggressive remarks like you did in the debate tonight in referencing the SNL sketch – you’re just making it worse. You look more desperate. Let the sketch speak for you, Hill – let the sketch speak for you.

Hindsight’s 20/20

I jokingly promised my friend Texas in Africa here that I would admit to this; then I read this and had to do it (and boy, this might get me in trouble with “the internets” as TIA likes to say):

I voted for Nader in 2000. And guess what else? I did it again in 2004. Yeah, I said it.

Did I personally cost Al Gore the election? Not here in Tennessee – Gore lost his home state all on his own (I can’t find the statistics, but my brother and I argued about my vote back in 2000 and believe me, Nader didn’t cut into Gore enough to make the difference here – Bush had it).

Now, I knew Nader didn’t have a chance of winning the election. So why did I vote that way?

  1. I wasn’t sold on Gore. I’ve read – and been told – several times that, if Gore had been president, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now. I think many are convinced we’d be living a utopian lifestyle had he won. Maybe. But who’s to say how Gore would have reacted after 9/11 (if the tragic events of that morning had occured)? And – I state this as a college graduate with an International Business minor – we were due an economic downturn. In fact, I remember saying small prayers to get me graduated and out of school and gainfully employed before we went into a recession, I was so sure it was on the horizon. 9/11 made it worse, or at least hastened it…this latest round has a large part in real estate and lending. Would it have been better or worse under Gore? I don’t have the answer to that question. I will say this – I like Gore now that he can totally focus on climate change and environmental issues. We need someone doing what he’s doing now, and he’s arguably one of the best people for the job.
  2. I don’t like the two-party system. This was a large reason behind my vote for Nader – the promise of a viable third party. George Washington warned against a party system, and now we’ve got two powerful political parties that have arguably sold their souls to corporate interests, and care more about those interests (and staying in power) than serving the American people.

Now, I will admit – I voted for Obama in the primary election. I don’t think he’s the Messiah – he’s just a man, but he does represent a promise for change that I do like. Will I choose him at the big fiesta this November? I’ve got some decisions to make between now and then so that, my friends, remains to be seen.

And I was just DYIN’ to see Rambo!

That’s a great celeb endorsement you have there, McCain.


Too funny:

 “No longer will I have to endure watching candidates like Hillary Clinton engaging in single-pump handshakes with voters, as I use every last ounce of restraint not to shout out, ‘No! Warm double-clasp! Warm double-clasp!'” Clinton said. “America deserves someone who can do it right.”

Be sure to check out The Onion’s descriptions of the candidates – no matter what your leanings, they’re hilarious!

88 Years Later…

So….I went to vote today. Early voting in Tennessee is going on throughout January, and voting moms/dads that stay-at-home-with-the-kids, this is your BFF for the primaries. I was in and out of our county building in no time.

Anyway, my dork nature is coming out because ya’ll, I love to vote. Love love love it. I’m really actually quite cynical about politics – as a general rule I don’t trust politicians, and know that they’ll be bought by whatever interest writes the check, and will say whatever they need to (Mitt…Hillary…) to get elected. 

But the actual process of voting – not to mention the fact that women have only been allowed to vote for 88 years – really gets me. Pushing those buttons and making the choices that will affect our country (or state or city) – for good or bad – is inspiring. I’ve voted in city elections that were decided by just 100 votes, edging in a new mayor over the 20+year incumbent. I always vote, particularly in national elections but often in statewide and citywide too. I guess I have always felt that it’s my duty – as an American and as a woman – to do so.

Today my oldest pushed the big red CAST VOTE button – and I’ll admit I felt a little twitter of pride for the man’s “first vote”.

Who did I vote for? I’m not pushing an agenda on anyone, but if anyone (like the 2-3 people that read this blog) wants to guess in the comments feel free!

Brief Hurrah. Then…blah.

I don’t really plan to talk about work here for several reasons. For one thing, I think it’s bad mojo to talk about work on your blog, particularly if you’re going negative – who knows who is reading your blog? Additionally, I like my job, plus I work on nights from home and on weekends when no one is in the office, so all my dealings with folks are via phone and email and therefore I don’t get involved in any office drama that might be going on; so any blogging about work would be, quite frankly, boring.

This might be boring too, but here goes: I work for a publishing company. Writers/journalists, before you go nutso and start emailing me your resume….you’d be emailing the wrong gal. I am not in editorial. I’m not even in advertising or events. No friends – I’m in the workhorse department  – circulation. No glamour there (and word to the wise, wannabe writers – don’t apply to a circulation job thinking that’s your “in” to editorial…as a former circulation manager that’s had to hire, nothing was more frustrating than “I want to write…” – next).

Anyway, my duties in circulation include budgeting for the year, as well as writing the promotional letters and planning the mailings (target audience, etc…). So revenue/profitability is a big deal for me…I’m quite the little number-crunching nerd.

So I’m doing my reporting as I do at the beginning of each month (for the prior month) – these reports having a little more weight to them as they involve year-end data – and I celebrate the fact that we have, again, increased revenue for the third year in a row – yay!

But the joy is brief, as I think about January, and will we have a “good enough” January, and if it’s low are we going to be playing catch-up for the rest of the year….it never ends. I remember getting this feeling last year too, and the year before…

I dunno, maybe I worry too much, and should just enjoy the “now”.

In other news, Hillary and McCain apparently took NH. I’m not too thrilled about Hillary, and don’t give a rip about McCain, but am beyond thrilled that ol’ Mitt is going down. How fake is he, anyway? The only debate I’ve seen was the last Republican Youtube debate, where he dodged questions left or right…kind of like Hillary does, hmmmm….

I’m an equal-opportunity jaded American.

At least he doesn’t fall…

Who wants to see Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee on a Segway?

 I am sorry, but no one – no one – looks cool on one of these things.

Who watches Oprah anyway?

Let me preface this by stating that I likely won’t vote for either of these candidates – I’m still in the exploratory stage and will likely vote for someone that doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of making it through the primaries. That’s how we roll on Awesome Avenue.

I read this about Oprah backing Obama and was treated to this gem:

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a national co-chairman for Hillary Clinton, has brushed off the Winfrey appearances.

“I’m not sure who watches her,” he told The Washington Times in late November. “Maybe young moms, maybe people who are retired. But we have the support of most retired Democrats.”

Here’s my problems with this quote (and obviously, the Clinton folks are getting pretty nervous about Obama for them to even comment on this).

  1. I’m not sure who watches [Oprah]. WHAT? I am not her fan at all – frankly, I don’t watch her show, don’t care who she endorses, what her book of the month is, etc…but there’s a reason she is so filthy stinkin’ rich. She won so many Emmy awards that she removed herself from consideration for future awards. And it looks like she still, after many, many years on the tube, has the #1 show in syndication. Who watches Oprah indeed.
  2. “Maybe young moms…” – ah yes, because we stay-at-home moms have nothing to do all day but eat bon bons and watch Oprah. We make no contributions to society whatsoever. We don’t contribute to community and church or anything like that. We’re just raising the next generation of voters, we empty-headed moms of America. That’s all.
  3. “…maybe people who are retired.” Actually, you can tell later in the quote that he forgot what a voting block that retired America represents, because he then goes on to say “But we have the support of most retired Democrats.”

Maybe I’m just in a mood, but that quote dripped with such condescension toward middle America that I felt a little sick about it.