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Sobering

Is it just me or is the shock and exhilaration of Bin Laden’s demise starting to wear off? We’ve waited so long for justice, and when it happened, we rightfully celebrated. But then I’ve kept going back to that image of people dancing after 9/11 and burning the U.S. flag (although I just found according to Snopes.com, it was false footaging), and comparing that to last night’s jubilant crowds outside of the White House and at Ground Zero.

Source: AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Imagine it from their point of view — not that I’d ever, ever stand up for terrorists — Bin Laden was a mastermind, evil, horrific man who caused so much despicable cruelty; but, those across the world may look at our celebration of Bin Laden’s death with similar horror and disgust. Imagine an innocent young child, growing up in the Middle East with only these images to represent the entire American nation.  My brother was only five when 9/11 happened, and at the time we lived 25 miles away from Ground Zero – we watched the chaos from our living rooms – on TV and through our windows. It would have been quite easy to translate those images into a dominant story — all Muslims are this way; they are all out to get us. We didn’t let that happen, of course, but imagine how it could.

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Snapshot of History in the Making: Bin Laden Captured & Killed

Tonight is going to be one of those “I remember exactly where I was” types of nights. My boyfriend and I went out for Mexican food after a long day of homeworking; we were eating some yummy burritos  when I got a voicemail from my dad. As soon as I called back, he asked if I was watching TV, that Bin Laden was captured! And killed! And in US’s custody! Needless to say, we rushed home and turned on the tube to share in the historical unfolding.

Remember cutting out the front page of newspapers when something big was going on? Well, in that spirit, I “cut” snippets of a whole host of websites’ front pages – check out the national shock & celebration of a long awaited justice.

(c) Huffington Post

(c) CNN

(c) The Washington Post

(c) The New York Times

(c) Fox News

(c) MSNBC

I’ve watched President Obama’s statement twice now, and I’m glued to the screen watching celebrations outside of The White House and at Ground Zero. The feeling certainly harkens back to those months and months we spent watching news channels covering 9/11. It’s a closure, in a way, of a wound we’ve felt as a nation for almost a decade. The pain will always be there, and the scar burns as we remember the deaths of our people. But tonight, we celebrate their lives and that just has prevailed.

I’d like to extend my pride and sincere gratitude to our troops and special forces for bringing this to fruition, and to our President Obama for making Bin Laden’s capture one of his top priorities, and for delivering on that promise.

Where were you when you found out that justice had been served?

P.S. I made these screen grabs way before The Huffington Post – thieves! 😛



Political Burn Out

There was a time when I was fired up about politics. After taking an intro course during the 2008 primaries, I will admit I was hooked. As my views took shape, I began to understand that change needed to happen in a variety of areas.  All throughout the election, I had interesting discussions with friends, and I even contemplated a future in the field. I envisioned myself working to promote human rights, gay rights, and womens’ rights in the justice system. I was overjoyed when Barack Obama earned his seat at the presidency, and I did and will continue to support his views and actions. Fundamentally, I still believe in all the issues that I did before – I want to help, and I want this country to prosper in a balanced non-aggressive way.

And yet overwhelmingly, I feel burnt out. I’m tired of the name-calling, the mudslinging, and the back-and-forth tirades between both parties. I’m sick of the soundbites, the pandering, and the platitudes. I can’t read a news story without cringing or feeling sick to my stomach. I know what I stand for – human rights, constitutional rights, compassion, small businesses, the middle class, a healthy and intelligent populace, and the American dream, but I also know what I don’t stand for, and that’s the stuff that’s playing out before my eyes more and more every day. This administration blames Bush, and Republicans get up in arms. Yet all they do is blame Obama and Clinton. There’s no end in sight. Any single solitary move that anyone in the administration makes, much less Obama, is met with these ridiculous teabaggers who are capable of any violence imaginable and radio-host-turned-Fox News-commentators who claim it’s the end of the world. Instead of rightfully demanding that Gaza cease their rockets and violent antics, news reports hurl insults at Israelis. Instead of upholding the separation of church and state, our politicians try to force Christianity into our lives every day. Instead of coming up with constructive ways to fix the problems that we face, politicians and their lackies are making the problems worse.

It’s true that the personal is political – every personal decision that we make is in turn a political one. Everything from education level to career to sexual orientation is scrutinized in the public sphere. There’s no escaping it, and we must stand up for what we believe in. I am a firm believer in one’s own agency to create change. But right now I choose to hang up my Politics Hat temporarily and focus on more optimistic avenues. Or else I risk completely putting out the flames that once fired me up so passionately.