Happy Mortal

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The Morning After

America Barack Obama is president elect of the United States of America. I’m trying to let those words settle in. It’s no easy task. Last night I watched news anchors struggle to articulate the enormity of the event they were covering. They struggled. When you’re used to a Disneyland Republic, or a Planet Hollywood sort of political landscape it’s difficult to speak when the real shatters the facade. That’s what happened last night.

Our group of loyal Obama supporters clicked over to Fox News to see how they were ‘covering’ the ‘news.’ Brit Hume looked like a lost child; when your reporting exists in the hyperreal, there’s nothing to do when the real comes crashing back in. We watched for a few minutes while the camera aimlessly followed a nameless blond anchor woman around the set. It wasn’t worth our time.

That’s when it started to sink in. Barack Obama is president elect of the United States of America. The words started to carry new connotations. President is no longer a word to be ashamed of. The United States of America no longer has to be a farce. I feel a little strange wearing my Planet Hollywood t-shirt today. Normally I love the irony of it. But this morning I want something more substantial than irony for breakfast. I want to wear more than irony on my sleeve.

In a way I find myself struggling just like Brit Hume–what do I do now that the real has crushed the facade? As Barack said in his acceptance speech last night (I paraphrase): “This election is not the change we seek, it is only the opportunity to make the change.”

For those of us here at Happy Mortal, let me say it: “Let the rebuild begin.” Or, in snappy talk: “Yes we can.”

Yes we can…do what? Well, that’s what we’re here to talk about. I never would have believed that so many of us would be in this together. In the hyperreal of American politics, we would have had our one night stand and gone on our merry way. Today, we wake up together with hope for the future, and a long day of work ahead of us. Somehow this changes everything, or at least it gives us the opportunity to change.


  1. Today feels like Christmas. For the first time in over 8 years I’m proud of my country.

  2. Rekonstruct said, “Somehow this changes everything, or at least gives us the opportunity for change.” I agree. I’ve been thinking about this for the last few surreal days. Obama’s presidency doesn’t mean that racial injustice no longer exists in our country, but it is a giant leap forward. How many inner-city children, when asked what they wanted to be when they grow up, would say an athlete of some sort? Now when these same children see opportunities for people with dark skin in the media, they will see the President of the United States. He said as much in his acceptance speech. Obama is also a healing presence internationally. People around the world see the best of America in Obama. We have been given the gift of hope, and that is an excellent position to be in when we now begin to map our way out of war and recession. Yes, as Rekonstruct stated; hope changes everything!

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