Response to kpete (Original post)
Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:04 PM
calimary (38,000 posts)
12. Damn, kpete, I'm crying just looking at him.
I think as a nation, we're all just on overwhelm.
Overwhelm about the damn election that's been dragging on for 90 years by now.
Overwhelm because of the storm.
Overwhelm because of what the reality of that storm may TRULY mean (and it's not fun at all, especially if you're just starting to come out of denial).
Overwhelm because that has made all our problems, together, feel so unsurmountable - ever get that feeling, like that little prayer, about the whole "the sea is so vast and my boat is so small" thing?
Overwhelm because of all the work there is, ahead, and not just in hurricane recovery.
And overwhelm in trying just to hold all that in, while going about our daily lives - whether you're in Sandy territory or not. After all, times have been so tough for so many for so damn long.
And then along comes Obama. The tall skinny dude who reaches out and lets some stricken, rumpled, fighting-to-keep-herself-together-without-screaming hurricane victim literally bury herself under his arm. The guy from the so-called big-bad-federal-government who extends these long arms to connect - physically and emotionally. How many times have you held it in and held it in until somebody just came up and hugged you, and held you for a moment - and then the levy you've tried so hard to shore up in the middle of all this finally breaks and you dissolve and the tears just flow in spite of everything. I've had that happen - where I've held it in until somebody came up and touched me, hugged me, put their hands on my shoulders and patted my back softly and just hugged me tight. Shit - I'm getting teary-eyed just thinking back on it. It's the touch. The human touch. From the REAL adult in the room - in this case.
And what a time - when we're all feeling so overwhelmed and so small and beaten down and tired and fed up - here comes the cool, calm, steady adult, who's focused and brilliant and compassionate and reasoned, and when he says he cares you sense that he really means it. He's not just saying something that sounds nice so you'll be lulled into voting for him. This is the man with the power and the plan and the answers and the solutions, with a steady hand on the wheel of the nation, and he's come over and reached out to you, personally. Yeah, I'd be a pretty big puddle myself if that happened to me.
I'm right with this sobbing man in the photo. I so get what he's feeling. I SO get what that face is saying. I know this man, too, at least in that sense. I think we all do, from coast to battered coast. Part of the ordeal is almost over (the damned election) and we already know whose steady hands we're in. We already know who our real leader is. We already know who's the President. We already know who needs to stay as President.
To paraphrase a 20-year-old campaign slogan - "it's the connection, stupid." Followed by "it's the continuity, stupid."
kpete - this is one of the best posts you've ever contributed. If you ever see this fellow in the photograph, please send him our sincere love and solidarity/brotherhood/sisterhood! We know him, too.
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Damn, kpete, I'm crying just looking at him.
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