So, even though I ran for President and lost, I'm not above acknowledging Obama's 100th day as in Office and honoring all that he's done in that short amount of time.
It's true that I'm probably one of the most apolitical people in the world. I take no real interest in politics, or the state of the union, or any issues really (except The Gays). I even proudly exercised my right to NOT VOTE because "I'm not arrogant enough to think that my vote matters," (especially with the archaic Electoral College business!) And, up until now, I really didn't think it mattered who was president. There has been, in my lifetime, too many politics in politics – too much deal making in government - to think that anyone elected is really going to take an interest in what's best for the country, it’s people or represent the voters.
However, since this past election...I'm open to the idea that it actually may matter. In the practical sense, with the checks and balances of our system, the power of the President is limited (as it should be) so what he/she can do, has not changed. In that sense, the position of President is still a figurehead.
But what has change because of the election of Obama, is how that office (and thus our country as a whole) is viewed by Americans and other countries. Since his election, we just look better. Because he is someone who commands respect in an authentic and approachable manner; someone who elicits trust implicitly; and speaks to everyone (not just one group), there seems to be trust for, and pride in, our government instead of secret (or not so secret) suspicion of it.
The bad news is that comedy will suffer as Obama lacks the ability to create the comedic fodder his predecessors provided us with. But I guess we’ll just have to live with that because the atmosphere surrounding that office has changed.
Obama has brought with him, his ideal of hope and the American dream; a belief that anything is possible...a message really resonates with me. So now, for the first time in my lifetime, I’m actually paying attention to political issues. It’s a weird change, I admit. (Some people close to me wonder if I’ve been taken over by aliens.)
Because it’s fun, and because I’m amazed by the excitement that is created as our nation come into a new era, I had to do something to honor my new found openness to politics, the American human experience, and the potential positive political power of the Presidency. So, I put together a video of our times.
It’s my way of saying, “We can feel proud of what we’ve accomplished by changing the face of America.” I believe that if I can…we can. Through song, pictures and video this presentation incorporates changes through the ages. Both now and way back when… Things Change.