by J J Cohen
OK, everyone else is blogging it, so I will join in. My favorite line from Obama's eloquent acceptance speech is the following -- not for its rhetorical beauty, but simply because of who is mentioned, without fanfare:
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference. It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
The understated inclusiveness of that second sentence and its utter lack of hesitation speak volumes.
Yes, I know: things will fall apart. They always do. The reality never matches the vision. Yet for the time being, I am so pleased for the vision.
Ok, back to Mandeville.