Aug 29, 2008

For a second I believed.

I do follow politics closely and while some find this as an attempt at feeling intellectually arrogant I can assure them that's not the case. In fact my following of the presidential elections is a complete waste of time. Considering I live in a state where the electorate will always go Democrat my vote doesn't matter unless I get a frontal lobotomy and believe in starting a Republican revolution in Washington.

Watching the federal races for me honestly is akin to someone watching reality television (Miss Ash), or reading pulp romance novels, or even watching WWE. The drama associated with each race fascinates me, probably due to the cynic in me that can't find themselves throwing their weight behind a particular party or candidate.

Last night the unthinkable happened. After watching what I felt was a lackluster convention I saw Obama the nominee take the stage before a huge audience. His demeanor and the text of the speech was amazing. I was wowed by his intellect, his mannerisms, his ability to breathe hope into the air.

It was happening. I was believing it. This orator was giving me something I haven't felt in years, or ever in fact. I was suddenly on the Obama wagon. It was intoxicating to actually feel that he was good, that a man in his position cared about us, and that there was hope in something. Yes I started to feel that 'Yes We Can' was more than a slogan to chant mindlessly. I was giddy.

The speech ended with a rousing applause from the crowd. A packed house was on their feet cheering their savior. Bad music blared through the speakers as the party's chosen hero smiled and waved. The electricity swarmed through the arena quicker than herpes at Burning Man. It was exciting and I found myself buying into the rhetoric.

A friend IM'd me asking me about the speech. He explained how he had tears in his eyes he was so moved. While I wasn't anywhere near crying I was in disbelief more than anything at how Obama seemed to manipulate me at that moment. I always thought that putting your faith in a Presidential candidate is akin to believing the stripper is really into you, but for a few minutes last night I drank the kool aide.

Then I woke up this morning, hungover from being drunk with hope. The cynic in me returned thinking I may have loved the speech only because of the disappointment I felt with the rest of the convention and/or my disgust with the current administration. Maybe it was because Obama is a professional orator, that he excels at his job, and he happened to be at the right place at the right time.

Still the reality of our politics reared it's head this morning and I reminded myself as to why I became weary of candidates in the first place. That being said I don't think I'll ever forget that feeling that came over me last night.

"Americans still believe in an America where anything's possible. They just don't think their leaders do." - Barack Obama

8 comments:

whatigotsofar said...

I saw a clip of the speech, something about McCain not getting it. It reminded me a lot of Michael Douglas' speech at the end of The American President. Which I thought, for a romantic comedy, was a very well made film. It was cute, but not in that cutesey-wootsey way. It had humour that was honest and humble.
"How did you manage to give a woman flowers and still be president?"
"Turns out, I've got a rose garden."
I guess what I'm trying to say is, vote for Michael Douglas. If you do, Catherine Zeta Jones will be the first lady.

JLee said...

I agree with your stripper analogy when it comes to politics. Don't believe the hype!! ha

Miss Ash said...

That photo is hilarious, ha!!

It's interesting how some people can be swept up in the glam and glitter of the moment....at least you came back to reality in the morning.

DJ Launchpad said...

I am so glad that I don't watch TV at this point in time. I've read what the mass media has out on the tubes and read the great Obama's speach. I'm still not convinced that hes able to to it myself and even tho the older guy may have a hottie for a VP candidate, that doesn't make him the better man. Me personally am still glad that the write in is still a valid option till they take that away.

Anonymous said...

You know, I have felt this way a few times listening to his speeches- and I love the man's words but the cynic returns every time and although I really want to believe I have a really hard time giving up my reservations. I'm glad that I'm not the only one out there who has experienced this kind of elation-and-return-of- reality roller coaster because I'm tired of being looked at like I've grown a foot out of my forehead when I express this to people.

grace said...

I didn't get a chance to watch any of Obama's speech, but I heard a lot of positive feedback from people who did watch it. Although it's not exactly my business who wins this election, I'm kinda hoping for Obama. He'll be a good step forward for the US.

Pablo G said...

The electricity swarmed through the arena quicker than herpes at Burning Man... LMAO

Anonymous said...

"Every time Obama speaks, an angel has an orgasm"