Obamarock is not a new thing around these parts. Have fun today everybody. Remember these?
At a singer-songwriter circle in a small Nashville Convention Center room, rising star Grace Potter sang a song she’d written about her grandmother. The 84-year-old woman is in the hospital about to die, and she’s “heard about forgiveness” so she’s petitioning for mercy, noting that she might have been a bad mother and a bad wife, but she could sing.
Near the song’s end, the old woman sings, “Nurse, bring me my guitar.”
I think that’s what America’s saying today. Our democracy’s disappearing, our economy’s been pillaged by pirates. We have hope. There’s a tough and forceful black man, Barack Obama, who hopes to overcome a nation torn by centuries of racial hatred and distrust and become our first African American President.
Like Grace Potter’s grandmother, this is a good time for America to reach for a guitar. Sing for mercy. And revolution.
Andrew Sullivan on the case for Obama’s re-election
“If I sound biased, that’s because I am. Biased toward the actual record, not the spin; biased toward a president who has conducted himself with grace and calm under incredible pressure, who has had to manage crises not seen since the Second World War and the Depression, and who as yet has not had a single significant scandal to his name. “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” George Orwell once wrote. What I see in front of my nose is a president whose character, record, and promise remain as grotesquely underappreciated now as they were absurdly hyped in 2008. And I feel confident that sooner rather than later, the American people will come to see his first term from the same calm, sane perspective. And decide to finish what they started.”