Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mission Accomplished!

My Inauguration weekend did not turn out the way I wanted it to. The first sign came in the way of a bad cold which forced me to stay inside both Friday and Saturday and after that it was down hill or so I thought. My invitation to an exclusive ball fell thru and so did my ticket to the Inauguration. After all of this happened I thought about staying in my home and just watching CNN for the weekend, but I made a promise to work on Radio Row and interview policy makers in the new administration.

When I got off of the train in Union Station it was truly a remarkable experience to walk amongst the crowd, to see all of the people speak in different tongues was a spiritual experience. I saw people of every size and every hue wearing Obama gear of every kind; it was an amazing a sight and I will never forget the electricity that filled the air!!

I got a chance to interview members of Congress and other policy makers but the most moving experience was interviewing a group called Rednecks For Obama. This is a group started by citizens from Union, MO self proclaimed "Rednecks" in support of President Obama. I wish words could capture this interview but they cannot and their support of the new President was the most sincere that I have ever heard.

When I asked one of the members if some of their friends gave them a hard time because the color of the new President one of them said "Yeah, but so what I don' t care what color he is I just want the best man for the job." I cried during this entire interview because it really is a sign of how far we have really come.

I will let historians put this day in history, but for me I will take this little nugget with me because I know that my ancestors, and the ancestors of those "Rednecks for Obama" are looking down, smiling and saying " Mission Accomplished"

1 comment:

Karen said...

Hey Sista Girl - PBR just replayed the interview with Rednecks for Obama and I can see why it was so emotional for you. First of all, what a great interview and second, I'm also very moved by this considering I grew up with a bunch of rednecks! I just hope and prey one day there will be the KKK for Obama, or rather, the complete breakdown of that hideous organization due to LACK of SUPPORT, wouldn't that be beautiful?