A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

And now let us work together

"What then is the American, this new man? He is either an European, or the descendant of an European, hence that strange mixture of blood, which you will find in no other country. I could point out to you a family whose grandfather was an Englishman, whose wife was Dutch, whose son married a French woman, and whose present four sons have now four wives of different nations. He is an American."-- Michel-Gillaume Jean de Crevecoeur

Barack Obama and his grandparents

President-Elect Barack Obama

May God bless us and keep us. May we realize that God blesses and loves us all, and wills us to love each other.

And Yes, I Believe that We Can. I believe that we can work together, and that we must.

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At 11/5/08, 6:28 AM, Blogger NYC Educator said...

It seems that God has indeed blessed us today. Or perhaps just nudged people to wake up. It's incredible to believe that W either won or stole and extra four years, but this almost makes up for it. Too bad we can't undo the damage he's done, but maybe we can fix it.

Anyway, I'm very proud that America elected Barack Obama, and very glad that the candidate who got the most votes is really going to lead us.

At 11/5/08, 6:38 AM, Blogger educat said...

Being American is not about ethnicity, but about habits of the heart.

It's a great day.

At 11/5/08, 9:12 AM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

Now is when the REAL work starts. We need to hold on to this momentum and motivation that this man has inspired in us and to continue (or to start) doing the work that each of us can do to make our communities stronger, safer, and more fair. This is the first president who's inspired me to get out and DO something and, if his term is to be a success, that's what has to happen; it's not going to come from HIM, but from US.

At 11/5/08, 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am young enough to only know about the Kennedy era in the White House from history lessons, but the sense of optimism I've read about from the Camelot days seems to be back for the first time in my generation. Not only did we get a victory based on hope, we got a much-needed resounding victory after two consecutive razor-thin splits. I find it interesting, given this parallel, that Caroline Kennedy is one of the names pundits are throwing around for Secretary of Education.

At 11/5/08, 8:18 PM, Blogger Mrs. T said...

I am absolutely tingly about the results of this election. Oh, happy day!

At 11/6/08, 9:42 AM, Blogger Zipi said...

So, if one implies that God has blessed us with the election of Obama, does that also include that God decided to mess with us with the election of Bush in 2000 and 2004?


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