I am a coward.
I am not a very political person, and I hardly ever talk about my personal political preferences.
I am always afraid that I do not know enough about the situation, and that I will come off looking like an idiot if I become engaged in discussion about the "issues" -- mostly because I do not know very much about them. I also do not want to offend anyone, or get into a heated debate.
Politics were never a topic of conversation while I was growing up. I couldn't tell you if my Mom even voted. There are prejudices instilled in me while I was growing up that I struggle with/against daily. I think all or at least most of us do. I've long felt that voting for a President was really choosing "the lesser of two evils."
Although today is the inaguration, I've pretty much stayed away from all the coverage. I've never been one to get caught up in all that hoopla. The idea of being amongst all those people in Washington, DC right now gives me the heebie jeebies. That is WAY too many people in one place.
Back in November, I reluctantly voted for McCain because I figured the "old white guy" would win in the end, rather than vote for Obama - the one I considered the underdog. "He'll never win, there are too many people who would be all bent out of shape with an African-American in the White House." -- What the hell kind of thinking was that, anyway?
Truthfully, I think its pretty cool that Obama won. Not only for the history factor and how far African-Americans have come, but because I have a sense of "Ok, now we'll get some positive change going here." I think Obama has some serious potential to do that. Maybe he won't be perfect, but hell, who is? Too many people only see the color of his skin. He got into the office just like every other former President did -- on promises. Some will be broken, some may not measure up, but can we not just suspend our judgement and believe in him for a while and see how it all shakes out?
You may think I have been taken in by those pretty promises of "Change" and "Hope" -- is it wrong to feel hopeful? Honestly, I think this country needs some change -- even if I can't yet articulate exactly what that change should be.
And that is something I will be working on.
Good Luck, President Obama.