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CHANGE. [Nov. 6th, 2008|02:47 pm]
Billie Jean
[Current Mood |cheerfulStill on an Obama high!]

An e-mail I received from my best friend (Shanty) this morning who has NEVER been interested in politics and who I had to literally FORCE to turn in an absentee ballot for Michigan (she lives in NY) in this election (but after she voted she was really glad she did, of course :)  So, I was quite shocked to receive this e-mail from her this morning:

I got really happy reading this article on the train this morning.  I thought I would send you a few of my favorite quotes which you have probably also read in 45 million articles.
This is a glorious week, month, year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
"An Obama presidency could open the door for more minorities in public office, prompt the rest of the world to re-evaluate perceptions of African Americans and perhaps encourage blacks to join the Republican party"
 
"Obama's victory signals black Americans and to every American that race ain't what it used to be" – LOVE THIS ONE!
 
"Once Americans grow accustomed to having a black president, it could pave the way for others careers"
 
"It makes it a heck of a lot easier to not mind having a black sheriff in your small suburban town or a black superintendent in your school district that is predominately white.  It makes it a lot more palatable because it's not going to look so strange if the president that you see on television every single say is a black man" – LOVE LOVE THIS ONE!
 
CHANGE is to come in the next few months and I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Dead*  If Shanty just sent me an e-mail like this, change has definintely come to America. 
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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2008|11:07 am]
Billie Jean
A letter I received this morning from the director of the program I did in London 2 years ago.  I thought it was phenomenal so again, I want to memorialize everything about the most momentous occasion of my lifetime.

Memo: From Dr. Paul Beresford‐Hill, MBE, Director General
To: All members of the Mountbatten Community – North America, Europe and Asia Pacific
Date: 5th November, 2008

Re: The history that was made tonight

Dear Colleagues, Interns and friends of Mountbatten,

Tonight I am prompted to write to you because we have witnessed, over the past 24 hours, the essence of all that is good and great about America distilled during this long day into an epoch making event in Chicago tonight. The son of an African exchange student and a white American woman, a son who as a child lived in Asia and played games and made friends with Indonesian boys and girls, who knows from first‐hand the challenges of adjusting to different cultures, this child who grew in intellect and conviction and love of his native country……. this child grown into manhood was, today, elected President of the United States of America.

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From our new Prez [Nov. 4th, 2008|11:24 pm]
Billie Jean
[Current Mood |cheerfulstill ECSTATIC!!!]


I know President Obama sent this to about 5 million other people, but I still want to memorialize this letter and this moment:

Nanayaa --

I'm about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don't want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign -- every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it's time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing...

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,

Barack

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HISTORY. [Nov. 4th, 2008|09:47 pm]
Billie Jean
[Current Mood |ecstaticecstatic]


McCain fought the good fight, but in the end the best man won, and for the first time in my adult lifetime (keep in mind I turned 18 after Bush won the presidency) I am REALLY PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!
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YES WE CAN win in ARIZONA!!! [Oct. 29th, 2008|04:07 pm]
Billie Jean
[Current Mood |anxiousanxious]

Obama volunteer Mike Leyva says that 200-300 people flood into Obama's modest campaign office [in Phoenix] every day to donate, volunteer, or buy yard signs, bumper stickers, buttons, and tee shirts. He says he has worked on other campaigns but that this campaign is different:

People are bringing in one dollar contributions with apologies that it can't be more. I've never seen anything like it.

His voice swelled with emotion as he told the story of a woman who was unable to find a parking spot at the downtown office. She creatively maneuvered her car so that she could quickly run into the Obama office to buy some Obama gear. When she came out, a parking officer was writing a parking ticket. Though several witnesses tried to intervene on her behalf, begging the officer not to give her the ticket, the woman simply held out her hand with a smile, took the ticket, and said that it is a small price to pay to help Obama get elected.

Leyva is inspired by the difference he sees between the Obama campaign and the McCain campaign,

I've never experienced such a friendly environment of multi-cultural, multi-generational energy and enthusiasm for politics. The parking lot is always full. Everyone brings their cell phones and laptops. The young people are all high energy Facebook users. I've worked campaigns before and this is the first time I've ever seen people so engaged and knowledgeable about the issues .... Even my 77 year-old mother is involved. We have Native Americans for Obama with tribal leaders speaking out. The other day we held a press conference for Republicans for Obama.


This
article is NOT an exaggeration.  I'm at the Obama offices (both in Scottsdale and Phoenix) at least 3 days a week and they are always PACKED to the max with volunteers of all races, ages, and sexual orientations and it's actually a really fun place to go whenever I'm bored because there is sure to be tons of people around all working towards the same cause.  In fact, Monday night I was over at the Scottsdale headquarters and I was definitely the youngest one there, as everyone else in the room was 50+.  AMAZING~!

And the part of the article where they mention that Obama paraphernelia is flying out the door faster than they can get new shipments--unfortunately, VERY TRUE.  I had to wait TWO weeks before I could get an Obama-Biden bumper sticker for my friend in Philly.  I wholeheartedly believe that he can win this state, and I will be working my a$$ off to help make this happen.

On an unrelated note, my Mom comes back home today after being in Ghana for FIVE months and I can't wait to see her!  She is my best friend in the whole world and I've missed her so much.  She wasn't able to register to vote early since she's been in Ghana so I'll be going to the polls with her on Tuesday and I can't wait!
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99 Balloons [Oct. 28th, 2008|11:21 pm]
Billie Jean
[Current Mood |touchedtouched]

 



Saw this video on Oprah today (of course) and I just had to share.  An amazing reminder to live for today, and love every minute of it.

 

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Editorial: Barack Obama for President [Oct. 26th, 2008|01:05 am]
Billie Jean
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

Unfortunately, the kinds of people that are voting for John McCain (most, not ALL), are probably not the kinds of people that read the New York Times. In any case, I thought this was an excellent editorial highlighting many of the key reasons I've already (early) voted for Barack Obama, including:

  • Mr. Obama has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change. He has shown a cool head and sound judgment. We believe he has the will and the ability to forge the broad political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation’s problems. In the same time, Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism.
     
  • In his convention speech in Denver, Mr. Obama said, “Government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves: protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.” Since the financial crisis, he has correctly identified the abject failure of government regulation that has brought the markets to the brink of collapse. 
     
  • Mr. Obama is clear that the nation’s tax structure must be changed to make it fairer. Mr. McCain, who once opposed President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy as fiscally irresponsible, now wants to make them permanent. And while he talks about keeping taxes low for everyone, his proposed cuts would overwhelmingly benefit the top 1 percent of Americans while digging the country into a deeper fiscal hole.
     
  • Mr. Obama wants to reform the United Nations, while Mr. McCain wants to create a new entity, the League of Democracies — a move that would incite even fiercer anti-American furies around the world. (Side note: A League of Democracies? Are you kidding me? Senator McCain can take that league and shove it up his ass, as I think everyone here knows how I feel about imposing a democracy on foreign countries).
Basically, every single point made in the article is right on point so I recommend reading the whole thing, but I seriously wanted to vomit at practically every single proposal highlighted about John McCain.

I must admit, however, that I do worry about the level of unrealistic expectations placed upon Senator Obama who has become a sort of mythical superhero.  What I admire about Obama is that he makes it clear that we aren't going to agree with every decision he makes in the White House, but as citizens we are all responsible for making our voices heard and becoming engaged in the political process, and thus he seems like the type of person that is very open to opposing viewpoints and even welcomes them in order to broaden his worldviews.  In watching John McCain's speeches, debates and rallies it is always "I did this, and I've done that" and never about "We the people". 

In the end, I am confident that the American people will make the right decision that is best for our country during these turbulent times. 

P.S. Remember Berger--the guy that broke up with Carrie on SATC with a post-it note?  Well, he has a message for you:


Hilarious!

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Just had to share... [Oct. 23rd, 2008|11:15 am]
Billie Jean
I love David Sedaris.

*By the way, I saw W last night and it infuriated me.  I walked out of the theatre seething mad--I know the film was highly dramatized, but the essence of GW is definitely captured in the film, and I can't believe that someone so ignorant and stupid could've been elected President.

I WILL not let this happen again (i.e. Sarah Palin), NOT on my watch.
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And the list of liabilities keeps growing... [Sep. 22nd, 2008|11:38 am]
Billie Jean
[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]

On top of their 7+ homes, they have 13 cars.

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This is Your Nation on White Privilege [Sep. 22nd, 2008|01:10 am]
Billie Jean
I am more about what unites us than divides us, but I've seen this article being passed around several times so, I figured I'd post it here because it does state some excellent observations:

By Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because "every family has challenges," even as black and Latino families with similar "challenges" are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.
 
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