Is Obama Untrue? What is Happening?
by a gunslinger, Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 06:31:46 AM EDT
As Jerome has pointed out, with an abnormally and increasingly divisive tone, Barack Obama will indeed be making a speech today about race, and our country's collective future within that context.
Let's set aside our beliefs over which sites are slanted towards whom for a minute, aqs well as any discussion of the roots of our disagreements over who started what and which camp is dishonest, etc.
I want to tell you what I KNOW about Barack Obama, personally; and what I beleive that suggests about him and what it portends for his Presidency. I want you to for JUST 1 minute, before or after his speech consider my diary today before you make any assessment of what you have heard (and please if you don't listen to it from beginning to end, please do not attempt to attack or support it).
On Friday, March 7th, through a simple twist of fate, someone close to the Obama campaign became aware of a fundraising page that I posted on his website to honor my twin brother who has very nearly terminal cancer. Here's a link to the page:
Anyway, long story short...on the eve of a very important caucas, Barack Obama, having heard of my brother's plight and all the work Steve has done on Obama's behalf in spite of his sickness, CALLED MY BROTHER PERSONALLY.
Conversation snippets I heard with my own ears included Obama telling my brother that it is "people like you, Steve, that make my dream of a better america for all of us, possible. Not only for the work you have done, but because you are facing difficult times and impossible odds."
He went on to tell steve that he would "fight for him personally, and for everyone who faces difficult odds" all the way to the convention and to the White House.
He told Steve that like (Steve) He himself has "faced long odds all his life and that he beleived that HIS OWN perseverence mad him stronger."
Finally he told steve that he respected and admired Steve's strength, and that in the coming days when HE felt brusied and battered, that he would think of Steve.
For the first time in two years, my Brother, a 40 year old man cried out of HAPPINESS, rather than fear or sadness.
What does this say about Obama?
Barack Obama did not have to reach out to ONE very sick man to cheer him up; to give his life meaning. Especially when he had campaign events where he would be reaching hundreds of thousands of voters both in the caucas state and abroad. Instead, he took the time to offer hope and kindness to ONE man.
Barack Obama proved himself to be compassionate, caring, aware of his own context and story, but mostly, a person willing to put his needs aside for the benefit of another. That, my friends, is genuine kindness and intrinsic honesty.
Steve is not a big donor
Steve is not a lobbyist
Steve is not a member of the press or blogosphere
Steve is not a man with influence
Yet Obama reached out to him in a time of need.
THIS is the kind of candidate and President we need in this country. Obama views the world, and is running this race (to the best of his ability) unfettered by race. Obama wants to define change NOT by race or gender, but by leadership, judgement, and vision.
I think you'll see that in his speech today, JUST as I have witnessed it PERSONALLY.
What do you think?