Saturday morning. 7 a.m.
The familiar voice of Scott Simons' Weekend Edition wakes us up.
I'm brushing my teeth when I hear it. David is still in bed. I come out and before I can say it, he does: "Honey, it's Joe Biden."
Both of us had been pulling for a surprise announcement of Hillary Clinton as his running mate, so we're both initially a bit disappointed. How EXCITING a Hillary VP nomination would have been! Wow! But Joe Biden? He's been around so long, part of the Washingon establishment. I thought Obama was trying to change Washington. Guess he thinks he needs a long-time insider to do that.
Knowing she'll still be asleep in her dorm room, I text Lovely Passionate Feminist, who left me a message last night to let her know when we heard something. Two word text message:
Two hours later she texts me back:
Apparently she shares our initial ho-hum response.
But as the day has gone on and we've heard more about Biden's strengths, and heard him and Obama speak in Springfield Illinois, I'm getting a little better feeling about it...
The guy does have a wicked wit. That'll help. People love that...
His experience in foreign policy matters will help...
He wrote the legislation helping victims of domestic violence. I didn't know that, and I like it. A lot....
He only owns ONE HOUSE...
He can be a good attack dog for Obama when the Republicans get nasty. Apparently you have to have that to win these days...
My heart is sick of, and exhausted from eight years of the worst administration I have ever known. Under this administration America is now known as a nation that tortures human beings. TORTURES them. TORTURES THEM!! For eight long years I have been heart-sick about it. And I do not think that under Republican McCain that kind of mentality, down in the ranks, will change. There must be a no-tolerance-policy to really get it stopped, and those in the military who approve of such horror will assume another Republican administration will again give them a green light. Or at least a wink and a nod.
I heard an interesting interview this morning on Speaking of Faith. Krista Tippett was interviewing Rick and Kay Warren (of Saddleback Church in Southern California) who were talking about the need to restore civility to our public discourse. And they spoke about the need for Christians to be concerned with both family issues and issues of poverty and econimics--it's not an either/or for Evangelicals anymore, at least among the younger generation. Apparently Kay Warren had a Damascus experience a few years ago in which she 'saw the light' about HIV-AIDS in Africa. They spoke about how that horrible disease, and poverty, and corruption, and prostitution, and trafficking in women and children is all tied together.
The Warrens had a huge conference on HIV AIDS at their church a couple of years ago, and Obama was one of the speakers. That impressed me. I'm glad they have given him a forum.
One of my spiritual directees watched Rick Warren interview Obama and McCain last week. I didn't see it, but she told me that it wasn't good for Obama. People tended to applaud McCain a lot more, she said. Her belief is that Obama is so thoughtful, so nuanced in his thinking, that it could cost him the race.
Oh, please NO. Obama must win. We need, the world needs someone in the White House who has a basic respect for human life and is not so arrogant to think that America can do whatever it damn well pleases. Oh, please NO. Obama must win. We need someone in the White House with an ability to think through difficult issues and will ask to hear and then will actually consider the opinion of those who disagree with him. Oh, please NO. Joe Biden, p l e a s e, be the right candidate for this ticket.
Honestly, I was so depressed in 2004. If Obama doesn't win this thing I really might have to get serious about moving to Canada. No joke.