Sunday, December 07, 2008

Letter about Obama from Garrison Keillor

From one of the most articulate American writers, comes this beautiful, splendidly written article. It is an early Christmas present to all of us who have longed and hoped for this to come to pass.

Sitting on top of the world

by Garrison Keillor

Be happy, dear hearts, and allow yourselves a few more weeks of quiet exultation. It isn't gloating, it's satisfaction at a job well done. He was a superb candidate, serious, professorial but with a flashing grin and a buoyancy that comes from working out in the gym every morning. He spoke in a genuine voice, not senatorial at all. He relished campaigning. He accepted adulation gracefully. He brandished his sword against his opponents without mocking or belittling them. He was elegant, unaffected, utterly American, and now (Wow) suddenly America is cool. Chicago is cool. Chicago !!!

We threw the dice and we won the jackpot and elected a black guy with a Harvard degree, the middle name Hussein and a sense of humor-he said, "I've got relatives who look like Bernie Mac, and I've got relatives who look like Margaret Thatcher." The French junior minister for human rights said, "On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this dream unfolding before our eyes." When was the last time you heard someone from France say they wanted to be American and take a bite of something of ours? Ponder that for a moment.

The world expects us to elect pompous yahoos, and instead we have us a 47-year-old prince from the prairie who cheerfully ran the race, and when his opponents threw sand at him, he just smiled back. He'll be the first president in history to look really good making a jump shot. He loves his classy wife and his sweet little daughters. At the same time, he knows pop music, American lit and constitutional law. I just can't imagine anybody cooler.

It feels good to be cool, and all of us can share in that, even sour old right-wingers and embittered blottoheads. Next time you fly to Heathrow and hand your passport to the man with the badge, he's going to see " United States of America" and look up and grin. Even if you worship in the church of Fox , everyone you meet overseas is going to ask you about Obama, and you may as well say you voted for him because, my friends, he is your line of credit over there. No need anymore to try to look Canadian.



theteach

13 comments:

Lily Hydrangea said...

love this! thanks for sharing.
; )

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love it! and it is so true! You can almost feel the excitement everywhere! I know I'm proud and excited -- more so than I have ever been about a presidential candidate -- even though I was thrilled with JFK, somehow this is different still. Thank you for sharing!!

Travis said...

I like this a lot better than all the hand wringing about the new administration before it has a chance to get to the office and take control.

SandyCarlson said...

I am weeping. God bless, Mary.

Catherine said...

I like it Mary!
Specially, this part about my citizen-fellows. You know that we've changed of President one year ago. And what makes the difference, I guess, it's that our new president loves your country.
I don't think it's a question of (French) people, it was a problem of biased media, and previous governments. There are always people who love or don't love an other country arbitrarily, but they don't reflect the whole French people's feeling. Some feel so pretentious here!
I'm glad this writter notify the change.

High Desert Diva said...

Ha! That was great!

Jan said...

Mary, I am so stealing this. It's wonderful, and I can't believe I missed it!

Janna said...

This is great!
I love Garrison Keillor. :)

Dianne said...

brilliant!

Gattina said...

That's very true (I can say that as European!) and the people he choose for his government are excellent ! I was so happy that Hillary accepted ! She is very, very well known in the whole world and for this job just perfect !

My Autism Insights said...

Amen to that!!

Jeni said...

Don't you just love the way Garrison Keiler can put thoughts to pen in such a grand manner? Not, as he said, "gloating" but proud as punch all the same for what we, our citizens, our country, achieved on November 4th! Awesome. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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