20 January 2009
The Power of Symbolism
LB + I watched the presidential inauguration today on CNN. And though Aretha made me shed tears of joy, as I watched President Obama swear in, I started thinking about one simple and novel truth that keeps on blowing me away: the most powerful man in the entire world (or at least one of them) is black. In my modest thirty-four years, there has never been one time in my entire life that I could ever utter those simple, euphonious and powerful words before: the most powerful man in the world is a Kenyan-American. Black slaves once helped build the Capitol + the White House, and now a open-minded, intelligent, eloquent + inspirational black man is the leader of the free world, the newly-coronated Chief of Staff, and now one of the world's greatest symbols of hope + change in this rapidly changing world. Whatever Obama does or doesn't do with his administration on a political level, the power of that basic and revolutionary symbol transcends race + history, effectively altering the face and the destiny of America in the best way possible.