November 05, 2008

Hands joined

On a breezy seashore north of Bombay, I watched Barack Obama make a victory speech this morning. When he was done, his family and Joe Biden's family came out on stage and for several minutes, there were all these people holding hands and hugging and smiling and waving and milling about on stage. Grandparents, a President-elect, a basketball coach, wives ... and several kids.

And sure, it wasn't Alabama where they held hands and milled about. Yet I couldn't help thinking of words spoken 40 years ago: "I have a dream that ... one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."

And so, I couldn't help thinking too, about dreams fulfilled.

8 comments:

Nikhil said...

True
Interestingly did you see McCains speech conceding defeat. It was very good with a lot of grace and a mark of a true statesman. The best portions were where he spoke of the event significance for Afro-Americans

Dilip D'Souza said...

I did see McCain's speech. Plenty of grace. I have always had a lot of respect for McCain. (It is a pity this campaign seemed to bring out some of the worst in him). He only underlined that with that speech.

Rabin Stephen said...

he ran a bullshit campaign, full of personal attacks & lies delivered with a bloated sense of entitlement. He irresponsibily picked a hillbilly with no experience who didn't even know that africa was a continent and put her where she could have been a 72 year old heartbeat away from the presidency.

BUT it's always nice to kiss and make up when the thing is over i guess.

BTW folks most concession speeches are about saying nice stuff you know.

Nikhil said...

Rabin
The republicans were toast after 2 disastrous terms of George W Bush. Mccain had to do everything to divert attention from the current incumbent and hence maybe the negativist campaign.
Still do not know the logic of picking Sarah Palin. Maybe some party pressures or maybe to appeal to the neocons. The general feeling was he was a liberal and maybe he needed someone to balance it.
Add to that an unfriendly media that put every action of his in the spotlight.

Rabin Stephen said...

unfriendly media? this guy was the media darling before he single-handedly destroyed his credibility...

Dilip D'Souza said...

an unfriendly media that put every action of his in the spotlight.

Actually, why shouldn't every action of his (or anyone's) be in the spotlight? And why is it "unfriendly" if this happens?

km said...

Again, completely unrelated, but Dilip, you must stop distracting us by using such terrific pictures in your banner :)

Dilip D'Souza said...

Thanks KM! This one, I had a feeling about as soon as I pushed the button.