Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Barack Obama's grandmother dies

It is incumbent upon believers to weep with those who weep. And one cannot help but have compassion for Senator Obama at his loss. But the timing at the death of his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, is remarkably fortuitous. It is undoubtedly cynical to refer to an electoral advantage from his grief, but there will be one. He said of his grandmother: "She was one of those quiet heroes that we have all across America, they're not famous, their names aren't in the newspaper, but each and every day they work hard, they look after their families, they sacrifice for their children and their grandchildren."

The Senator's speech is a persuasive and emotionally honest. It is inspirational and moving. He speaks of his joy and tears at her passing, and fuses this effortlessly with his hopes and fears for the future of America. This speech will cause people to vote for him who had perhaps not intended to vote at all. A president who cries - he is not only black with white, Christian with Muslim, charismatic, eloquent and handsome, but he is a man in touch with his 'feminine side'.

Change, indeed.


Blogger McKenzie said...

There is not much I can personally add without sounding like I am under the influence of drugs.
fortuitous, confusing and scary.

4 November 2008 at 17:32  
Blogger Dr.D said...

She really lasted quite a long time after he threw her under the bus - a typical white person!

I pray that the rest of us "typical white persons" have the courage to act like typical white persons and vote for a white person.

(Is there something going on here? The verification word is "traps"?)

4 November 2008 at 17:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the gran from Hawaii, or the one who says she was in the delivery room when he was born in Kenya?

4 November 2008 at 17:52  
Anonymous miserable sinner said...

The ability or propensity to cry is not an indication of anything in particular. I was the joke of the family when I was little for crying during every episode of Lassie. I still cry at every funeral (even when I cared little for the person.) The death of others reminds us of our own mortality, as well as the passing of time.

Obama at this point is almost certainly in a state of physical and psychological exhaustion. Any psychological pain or frustration could bring on tears (or rage) at this point. I'd like to give the man the benefit of the doubt, but the fact that he referred to his grandmother as a "typical white person" when she was dying of cancer more than cancels out the fact that he has shed tears when talking about her after her death. He has been pretty open about rejecting his Whiteness in order to embrace his Blackness.

Incidentally, if Granny had lived past the election and had been in good health, she could have been a source of enormous embarassment to Obama, as she undoubtedly knew plenty about where he was born, and whether or not his mother renounced his US citizenship to obtain Indonesian citizenship for him when she (Mom) married Lolo Soetero.

4 November 2008 at 19:42  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Living By Faith When God is Confusing

Jeremiah 5:26-29 NIV
26 "Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch men. 27 Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful 28 and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor. 29 Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?

Habakkuk 1:1-4 (NIV)
Habakkuk's Complaint
2 How long, O LORD, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, "Violence!"
but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.

4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.

The Lord 's Answer

5 "Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.

6 "For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, That fierce and impetuous people Who march throughout the earth To seize dwelling places which are not theirs. 7 "They are dreaded and feared; Their justice and authority originate with themselves. 8 "Their horses are swifter than leopards And keener than wolves in the evening. Their horsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour. 9 "All of them come for violence. Their horde of faces moves forward. They collect captives like sand. 10 "They mock at kings And rulers are a laughing matter to them. They laugh at every fortress And heap up rubble to capture it. 11 "Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on. But they will be held guilty, They whose strength is their god."

12 Are You not from everlasting, O LORD, my God, my Holy One? We will not die. You, O LORD, have appointed them to judge; And You, O Rock, have established them to correct. 13 Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they? 14 Why have You made men like the fish of the sea, Like creeping things without a ruler over them? 15 The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook, Drag them away with their net, And gather them together in their fishing net. Therefore they rejoice and are glad. 16 Therefore they offer a sacrifice to their net And burn incense to their fishing net; Because through these things their catch is large, And their food is plentiful. 17 Will they therefore empty their net And continually slay nations without sparing?

Habakkuk 2
1 I will stand at my watch
and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
and what answer I am to give to this complaint.

4 November 2008 at 22:36  
Blogger 2345 said...

Obama is the product of a sacrificial, supportive family - as is Lewis Hamilton. They both love and respect their elders.

5 November 2008 at 16:28  

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