Posts Tagged ‘barack obama

09
Sep
08

day 5 – the word on the street

Day 5

Day 5

“The Word on the Street”
Monday, 9/8/08

Shirt: Obama Mama – available at Cafe Press.

Where:
1. Meditation Class –
honestly, I’ve never meditated before and the entire experience was a little freaky for me (and most of my classmates). No worries though, I’m going to keep with it. Many of the others in class said they couldn’t shut off the noise in their own heads. Sure hope it wasn’t politics related noise. I know sometimes I hear that “drill it” chant in my head, and it’s part of the reason I need to meditate.

09
Sep
08

Mom says “oh, I’m not surprised.”

I told my mom that I am going to wear an Obama shirt every day through the election and blog about it. She said “really?” and then “Oh, I’m not surprised.” She used to be surprised by my volunteer and advocacy activities. I remember once she made a comment about when I “went to college and got changed.” I still laugh at that one, b/c she’s right. Before that, I wasn’t very concerned with anything, but since I turned about 19, I’ve been on a fast track to change – probably why Obama appeals to me so strongly. Some might even claim that I am radical. I wish I had a transcript of a talk I saw Julia Butterfly Hill give at Bellarmine University a few years ago. She made this poignant argument about the definition of radical. Something about how doing our best to be kind and compassionate, and thinking about the effects of your choices should not be considered radical, but just the opposite. Maybe the fact that I was at a talk by JBH makes me radical, but I don’t think so. After all, she was speaking at a Kentucky university that refers to itself as “in the catholic tradition.” How radical can that possibly be?

My parents have adjusted really well to my work and passions though, and have come to support me and I think many times are even a little proud. And as much as they might not realize it, this did start with them. They taught me to be kind and to commit fully to anything I start. There was no quitting in my family and there was certainly no laziness when it came to work. They’re responsible for giving me the drive and compassion. I’m glad they’re not surprised.

08
Sep
08

Can Obama balance the job and his family? Sexist, Schmexist…

I DVR Ellen every day, but generally end up deleting them. Anyway, I was cleaning out the DVR yesterday and saw that one of the Ellen shows said Barack would be on, so I played it. It was really great and the only question Ellen and her call-in guest asked him was how he would balance being president and caring for his family. And he’s a man! Guess it’s not just Palin who got that question. And this was just during the primaries. Check out the interview here.

And if you need a little more, you can see him dancing with Ellen here. Funny.