24 hours later and I haven’t woken up. It must be true. The next president of the United States is a black man and his middle name indeed Hussein. And it looks more and more like his chief of staff, arguably a more influential role than that of VP, is gonna be a Yid.
I’ve essentially grown up under Bush. Much of elementary school may have been the Clinton years, but by the time I was politically aware, I was barely old enough to follow the Floridia recounts.
And I’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple of years downplaying my American identity, while playing up my Jewish one. I don’t think my Jewish identity has lost any of its primacy over the last 24 hours, but I feel excited about America, enthusiastic about this country, and downright patriotic for the first time I can remember.
And here at Drew, the excitment is palpable. People are walking tall.