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People are exploding fireworks right outside my window, it sounds like. All I can hear are explosions and sirens, it's a bit disconcerting. And is it safe for helicopters to be zooming around tonight?

Time for some cynicism. While I did think most of McCain's concession speech was good, full of grace and humility and the will to go forward and work together, this bit annoyed me:

Though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.

A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters.

America today is a world away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States.

Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.

My immediate reaction was that he was saying "You minorities have nothing to complain about now a black man is President Elect, so shut up and do what you're told." "We'll have a black president, so every American is treated equally in every way." Which is especially galling in light of the probable passing of Proposition 8 in California. (It's apparently possible that absentee votes could overturn the result, but I think it's unlikely.)

I feel I should complain about something in Obama's speech too, for balance, but the only thing that annoyed me there was the "God bless America", and I think that's compulsory.



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Nov. 5th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I didn't stay up for Obama's speech, just McCain's. The only thing in it that bothered me was 'the greatest nation on Earth' bit :~D
Nov. 5th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Heh, I think I just categorised that along with "God bless America" as one of the cliches that have to make up 50% of any political speech.
Nov. 5th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I don't see the problem with it at all. That says nothing that political pundits across the world and countless Obama voters have said themselves.
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
I've only seen people saying they're proud of America, which is very different from saying that America is now perfect in its treatment of everyone... (Which, yes, isn't exactly what McCain said, but it's implied.)
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."

If that's not just another way of saying exactly what McCain said, I have no idea. Yet we both know full well that 'all things' are NOT possible in America, but I don't hear you criticising that.
Nov. 7th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
Man. Why is that different in my head? I have no idea. You're right, it does sort of say the same thing, but... I guess because Obama just says anything is possible, not that everything is perfect.
Nov. 5th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Now come on, Obama explicitly mentioned PUPPIES in his acceptance speech. I don't think we should endorse that kind of rampant populism.
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
Well, could have been worse, could have been kittens!
Nov. 5th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
The proposition 8 thing is disappointing. Someone suggested that its a positive step that the fanatics see a need to prevent gay marriage. 10 years ago nobody would have bothered. I guess there's a valid point there.

Just a shame that people are so closed minded that this passed. It looks like this will take a few years.

*edit. Ooops. Prop 8 was banning same sex marriages not allowing them*

Edited at 2008-11-05 10:48 pm (UTC)
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
Yeah...I imagine it'll be overturned again within ten years, but it's disappointing nonetheless.
Nov. 6th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I thought a huge proportion of McCain's speech was subliminally (and indeed outright) trying to basically shift the responsibility for his loss on the fact that "We're ready for a black guy now" and not "I was the wrong man for the job".
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is a bit! I was impressed that he said it was his failure and not the campaign's, but you do get a bit of "They didn't vote for me cos I'm white, poor me..."
Nov. 6th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I too picked up on that. It really grated on me. For the most part he was humble...why did he have to ruin it?

Edited at 2008-11-06 07:29 pm (UTC)
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