::insert dreamy sigh::
Barack Obama is No. 1 in my heart …
<3 <3 <3
(I’m on a thematic roll … deal)
Mr. Doll and I were actually able to sit and watch the debate last night without the usual circus of children running around (the Valley Brats were playing next door…)
My favorite answer of the night; in regards to foreign relations:
SEN. OBAMA: I think, as I've said before, preparation is actually absolutely critical in any meeting. And I think it is absolutely true that either of us would step back from some of the Bush unilateralism that's caused so much damage.
But I do think it is important, precisely because the Bush administration has done so much damage to American foreign relations, that the president take a more active role in diplomacy than might have been true 20 or 30 years ago.
Because the problem isn't -- is if we think that meeting with the president is a privilege that has to be earned, I think that reinforces the sense that we stand above the rest of the world at this point in time, and I think that it's important for us, in undoing the damage that has been done over the last seven years, for the president to be willing to take that extra step. That's the kind of step that I would like to take as president of the United States. (Cheers, applause.)
After that answer, Mr. Doll turned to me and said, “Look at you! You’re beaming!”
And I suppose I was. Barack Obama's answer was exactly what I’ve been waiting to hear now for so many horrible, polarizing years; we are a country of people who do not all feel that we stand “above” the rest of the world. True, we are the GREATEST country in the world; but that does not absolve us of our global responsibility to lead not only in our might and with our might, but with compassion as well.
How do we fix the wrongs without at least attempting a dialogue?
The answer, the thought behind it all, reminded me of a couple other Cool Cats who thought nothing of taking their messages of love and compassion and peace on the road, all over the world.
I always thought that mind-think worked well for them. I’m glad to see Barack Obama sees it that way, too.