Tonight I just watched Barack Obama make an incredible speech. Tonight I felt incredibly proud and I felt like I was a part of something big. History. And while I watched my future president tell McCain to “bring it fool,” I couldn’t help but think about my friend who just confessed that she is one of those Hillary supporters.
You know the type, the ones that would rather vote for McCain than for Obama or rather not vote at all. Oh the horror! It’s been a rough night because she is a very intelligent woman and to hear her arguments for not voting for Barack, I couldn’t stop myself from telling her that I just couldn’t take her seriously. She asked me if I saw this clip, and said that she totally agreed with what that fool was saying.
She argued that Barack wasn’t old enough and that he didn’t have enough experience. If you know me, I’m fairly young and do many things that people may not think I’m experienced enough to do, but that doesn’t stop me from making it happen. To me, age is a very dumb reason to limit someone, especially when that age is over 40.
Yes Barack hasn’t been in the Senate for decades on end. To me, that is a benefit. He is not jaded. He probably hasn’t been corrupted. He’s spent more time in the real world, helping real people, than being couped up in an office in Washington, DC. Barack’s spent his life working for ordinary people, making change from the ground level. That makes him more appealing to me.
I asked her if it was worth pushing women’s and LGBT’s rights back decades. She said yes because she believed in McCain’s economic stimulus plan more than Barack’s. She did have good points, and sure the plan is not perfect, but to me, human rights are more important than money. I know, it’s simplistic and probably niave, but it’s what I believe.
She said that he never fully answers question, he takes forever to answer. I had to break it down. Barack Obama is a Black man running for President. Everything he says is scrutinized, so he’d better take some time to think about what he says before he says it. I can appreciate that he is thoughtful. And I know what would happen should Obama speak thoughtlessly, we’ve seen what happened to Michelle – as honest as it was, America wasn’t having it. Obama doesn’t have the freedom to be a lose canoon, like McCain. So if it takes my man a couple more seconds to answer a question, I’m ok with that.
My final point has nothing to do with politics, but Obama loves his family, and he really loves his wife. He’s the first politician that looks like he loves his wife and family. What I loved about the DNC was that it was very family-focused. Obama looks like he generally likes the people he works with – he hugs Biden. That warms my heart. He seems like a generally nice person. That is important to me and that is where Hillary ultimately lost me.
In the beginning I could have gone either way and been happy. Then Hillary started losing and acting crazy and I knew that she wasn’t the candidate for me. Then Bill started talking crazy and she never stopped him, and I was over it. Then she wouldn’t quit, and it irked me because had the tables been turned, the race for the candidacy would have been over long ago. Then this whole mess with her getting nominations at the DNC, enough. HIllary, fall back. And then for her not to be there for Obama’s speeck. Sore loser, don’t want nor need that in the White house (again).
So my two cents. I love Barack. All these Hillary supporters who would rather not vote or vote for McCain, I beg of you, get your shit together, take a deep breath, and do what’s right for this country.