Bob Cesca on Barack Obama and that White House

#64. Post some of Bob Cesca’s answers to my questions in Obama won and we won. Cesca is a featured blogger on The Huffington Post — a collection of great blogs that is one of the world’s most successful news websites. I read that he will soon be launching his book called “One Nation Under Fear” described as “a collection of blog-style essays which examines the politics of fear during the “dark ride” of the Bush years.” I ‘ll be ordering a copy.

In his post “At long last, it’s beginning to feel like America” Cesca puts into words what many of us, and we are outside the United States, feel the rise of Barack Obama, represents. It is not the triumph of one man but the triumph of a nation who chose to put aside their prejudices, and to transcend their limitations. Continue reading

Obama won and we won

#60. Celebrate. The mood is great. Everybody’s talking. We love Barack Obama. In Australia they are saying it’s the realisation of Martin Luther King’s dream. In Kenya tomorrow has been declared a public holiday in honour of Obama’s “Kenyan-ness”.

Obama didn’t forget anyone in his acceptance speech — he was gracious, inspiring, and even made Jesse Jackson cry. Not since Nelson Mandela has the world had such a “leader”. A man who embraces ideals as he speaks, who talks to everyone, who refers not to “I” but to “we” — as in “we, the people”.

And now for the questions this all raises. Where’s the photo of George Bush leaving the White House with his pot plant from the Oval Office and cardboard box filled with love letters to Condi. What breed of puppy with Obama’s kids choose (I have a spare 3-month-old German Shepherd who prefers Business Day to The Times as a morning meal) and who would probably thrive on some international travel. And then there’s that other question. Can it still be called the White House?