24 hours later

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.

2 Responses to 24 hours later

  1. BDS November 6, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    I woke up rather more quickly once I found out that Proposition 8 in California was passed, taking away the rights of the GLBT community. No, the perfect should not be the enemy of the good (even great) and I am very happy and relieved that Senator Obama is now President-elect Obama. But it is still a bitter pill to swallow.

  2. David A.M. Wilensky November 7, 2008 at 12:01 am #

    Well said, Ben.