Tag Archives: Barack

Happy Inauguration Day To Us All!

20 Jan

See, I even put up the bunting.

Really, the only reason why I am not going all over-the-top excited & ballistic is because now, after we’ve done the initial work of electing him in, I’m sort of scared that he might crash & burn. I mean, yes, there will most certainly be times when he will¬†fail and falter, but…as of the moment I see him as a sort of untarnished ethereal being…and now it’s like we’re opening him & his family up for tarnishing…



A Ukulele Song for Bleak Times

13 Nov

Bleak as the times are now, we all need at least one spot of sunshine in our daily lives. So I¬†have to share Julia Nunes singing Aqualung‘s “Brighter Than Sunshine“.

She’s great, she really is, (I also included her cover of “All My Loving” in my blog post earlier about¬†Ukulele Ownage)¬†and she follows the bit up with a retelling of her experiences of the night of 04 November.

She’s right–these are hopeful times, because hope is all that we have left.


6 Nov


I know that we voted him in based on his policies and plans, but nonetheless, we are the first country in history to embrace a biracial person into office–in a landslide victory, with voter turnout that has never been this overwhelmingly large since 1908!

As a mother of a biracial child, I am seriously besides myself. Typing this in a Starbucks surrounded by fellow Americans, a few days removed from Election Day, I am still so emotional about this that I can’t help but tear up! It is silly, but I am still not used to the idea of it…It hasn’t sunk in yet.

Even Inauguration Day will not suffice.

I will get it when I see him jetting off to important world summits, shaking hands with UN officials and meeting with Gordon Brown for a serious strategy meeting on Iraq. I will get it when I see him getting off of Air Force One to duck into the White House. I will get it when I see our First Baby Girls running around on the lawn for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

I will get it, and thank God. Because it was high time this this country, this melting pot, got there.

Tantrums For Obama Biden 2008!

4 Nov

The family turned out to vote super early at 0630. But this apparently was not early enough, as there was already a long line preceding us at the polling place, a nearby elementary school. We waited about 20 minutes, and voted without issue.

On the way back to the car, however, my 3-year-old, who we’d woken up at the ungodly hour of 0600 to get going, asked,

“What about the Barack Obama?”
I said, “What about him?”
She said, “What about the Barack Obama? Where is he?”
I said, “No no, honey, we just vote¬†for him today. He’s probably in Chicago.”
“NOOOO!” she yelled.

She then proceeded to throw a tantrum, and wouldn’t get in the car. She¬†had thought for some reason, that Barack Obama was going to show up at our polling place. People all around us who were walking back to their cars couldn’t help but laugh at her frustration. One nice lady wearing a “Vote for Environment” shirt yelled over, “Too bad Barack didn’t show up!” Finally, Mads gets in the car, we drive to Starbucks for the free coffee that comes with voting, but she still cried most of the way home despite the fact that she got a chocolate milkbox.

So now,¬†Kai has named Mads her “Person of the Year”! She is also going to start a petition to get Barack to shake Mads’ hand. I think she’s somewhat serious! Ha!

Eventually she calmed down, had some breakfast, and went to school. Good God!

So now that I’ve gotten my free Starbucks for voting, I have nothing to do but monitor FiveThirtyEight.com obsessively for updates, and go get my free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream between 1700-2000.¬†

I am operating on four hours of sleep and am wide awake! I will crash after the returns are completely finalized. Until then, no rest for me, Tom, Stephen, Katie, Jon and the rest of America.

Jackie of Camelot Would Approve!

28 Aug

Is it only me, or does our (potential) First Lady have the greatest wardrobe ever?!

Everyone keeps saying, “Oh, it’s the handlers that are dressing the Obama family.” But it’s not true! Michelle Obama insists on using the same Illinois-based designer she’s always used, Maria Pinto. And let me just tell you, that white flower pin on Sasha Obama¬†is not a mistake, nor is the fact that the blue on¬†Malia Ann‘s dress is the same as her mom’s.

And apparently the Michelle did her (Fashion) History homework and endeavoured to channel America’s favorite first lady’s iconic¬†style by¬†pairing a classic sheath with some chunky pearls. Yum.

I love the balloon sleeves, and the drape of fabric…I bet this red¬†jacket rustles ever so slightly¬†when she moves.

The elegance of this pale green suit, with a mod-looking cut and slight sheen really puts her in a league of her own.

It reminds me of the iconic green suit that Tippi Hedren wore in Hitchcock‘s The Birds.

Dare I say it? Can we elect Barack just so we can see what the First Lady would wear?