January 19th, 2009
01:52 PM ET

My 6-year-old and Barack Obama

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Jennifer Donahue
New Hampshire Institute of Politics

Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I looked over at my 6 year old and reminded her that when she was five she met and shook hands with Barack Obama and asked if she knows what will happen tomorrow.

She told me he will become president and mentioned that he ran for a long time. He did, I told her. It was a long race for president. And an important one.

Words don't do it justice.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Bralouh

    It like a big crowd of all ethnic group of the US society is coming from the sky in crying YES WE CAN. In fact, it was that crowd that Dr king heard coming.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  2. Dennis Walter Smith


    From the bile’s of history and the embryo of social allegiance – we’ve finally matured to a defining moment of a cohesive social partnership in this country. This is a moment that we’ve longed for, for centuries. A moment that clearly exercises the spiritual muscles that sustains us and the mutual inner desire to identify what is good and follow lead. Together we have set aside the segregating serums that have plagued us and have hindered the growth of the fibers of love that we all share in our blueprints of life.

    What a magical and inspiring time to see millions across this country share in the same passion for change, revival, and the unsung anthem of life – “The Family”. Mr. Obama stands in the midst of hierarchy, but on a gentle platform of vision. It is the humbleness of this man that captures the essence of a real tangible creed that so many before him chased. Mr. Obama is the modern day template build from the architectural designed of a universal love and dawned from the appreciation of human care and compassion. He’s a man whom stands on the platform of genuine love and is not inhibited by the shackles and clouds of politics, but is freed through the brilliance that shines from the amazing light of love we call democracy.

    On this day – I am proud to be an American. On this day, I am so proud to be a father and a great husband. On this day, I am proud to have had the privilege to be a part of the greatest change and movement this country will ever endure. On this day, the United States of America has claimed victory; not over the stronghold of the oppressors and not over the disarming of our enemies, but a victory over the captive mental ropes that have choked our society from breathing new air and new opportunity. Now we breathe the fundamental chemical and spiritual element needed..... Barak – The Pentacle of Humanity.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm |