Less Than 24 Hours to Go…

19 January, 2009 at 1:51 pm (2008 Election, Barack Obama, Historical Figure, Politics)

In less than a day, eight long years will FINALLY come to an end and Barack Obama will be president! I am so excited, I can hardly stand it.

In honor of this, and because I’m choosing to be optimistic today, I’m going to post one of the best speeches Obama did during the nearly two years he was campaigning. It, surprisingly, came on a night he lost (in the New Hampshire primaries). However, it’s a great speech, a testimony to what an amazing orator he is. (you may recognize this speech; it’s where Will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” song came from).

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We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration

18 January, 2009 at 5:27 pm (Barack Obama, Concert, Historical Figure, Music, Politics, TV to Watch)

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Update: HBO has made this available online; watch it here
Highlights:

– Malia taking her own pics with a digital camera from the presidential viewing booth
– Obama’s niece being passed out in the presidential viewing booth and sleeping through the whole show
– Mary J. Blige getting choked up after she was finished singing “Lean On Me”
– Jamie Foxx doing a pretty spot-on Barack Obama impersonation – and Barack cracking up at it
– Tom Hanks reading passages from the speeches of Lincoln. Though could anyone watch this part and not think of the part of “Forrest Gump” where Forrest speaks in front of the Vietnam war protesters at the Lincoln Memorial?
– The (seeming) contradiction of following up the quote from Reagan’s inaugural address with James Taylor’s “Shower the People You Love”. This isn’t the first song that comes to mind when I think of the Reagan years…
– Joe Biden apparently forgetting that they had a mic for him to use, and him figuring he had to shout for those at the end of the Mall to hear him. No so, Mr. Vice President-elect. The delivery was just awkward…I couldn’t even concentrate on what he was saying. On the flip side, he was less long-winded than usual!
– John Mellencamp’s “Little Pink Houses” actually being used appropriately. (see, THIS is what I think of when I think of Reagan’s administration!)
– A gay men’s chorus (?) backing Josh Groban and Heather Headley on “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”. (I need to check into this – but it was a choir of mostly white, middle aged men wearing red AIDS awareness ribbons. So I’m not really going out on a limb here.)
– Jack Black introducing Garth Brooks. Random!
– Garth Brooks singing “American Pie”. Awesome!
– Garth Brooks getting the thousands and thousands of people at the monument watching to join in singing and dancing to “Shout”
– Garth Brooks singing “We Shall Be Free”. (Though it was a shortened version, so the verse with the line about being able to love anyone you choose was cut. Darn.)
– Seriously, Garth Brooks was great. The man knows how to work a crowd. Why won’t he come out of retirement?
– The Obamas up and dancing to Stevie Wonder, Usher, and Shakira’s number
– U2 singing “Pride (In the Name of Love)”. That song just meant more on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, on the eve of MLKJ Day.
– U2 singing “City of Blinding Lights” – this was one of Obama’s campaign songs, so cool seeing them do it live for him right before he actually becomes president.
– Bono does love to work a crowd. And people may get sick of him being political – but the man seems to really believe everything he says. You have to give him credit for that.
– The bald eagle being presented was kind of odd, though it did make me appreciate that we didn’t end up with the turkey as the national bird
– Obama’s speech. It was great, and it wasn’t even the “big” one.
– A big group, including Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, singing “This Land is Your Land”. The whole thing. Oklahoma represent, ya’ll.
– The big finale, Beyonce leading everyone in singing “America the Beautiful”. I don’t know how you could hear that and not get chills.

Overall, it was a great show. It set the perfect tone for this new presidency…in fact, it almost seemed like the “people’s inauguration”. The real inauguration is important, and steeped in history – but this felt more modern, and more real. I’m curious to see how it measures up to today, and of course am anticipating Obama’s inauguration speech. I can’t wait!

Update:Here’s is Obama’s speech today:

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Obama Inaugural Celebration Concert

17 January, 2009 at 9:47 pm (2008 Election, Barack Obama, Concert, Historical Figure, TV to Watch)

I was bummed I was going to miss this, since it’s on HBO…and then I found out (via a text “from” Obama) that the show will be free! That’s right, HBO is making itself free while this concert is on. So watch it, at 2:30 or 7:00 ET on Sunday, January 18th!
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Only 7 days of Bush to go…

13 January, 2009 at 3:18 pm (Funny Stuff, Historical Figure, This Can't Be Good)

I guess the downside is, we’ll have fewer humorous moments with Obama?

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the Worst Americans of 2008

1 January, 2009 at 2:12 pm (Historical Figure, This Can't Be Good)

Michael Tomasky, an American who writes for a British paper (The Guardian), has made his list of worst Americans for 2008. You’ll never guess who Number 1 is! (hint: it’s not one of the Bush Administration. Shocking!)

In at least one obvious way, 2008 was a pretty good year in my country. We made history in electing an African-American president. I and 67 million of my fellow citizens brought the era of conservative dominance to a thundering close. For those of us who’ve been told for eight years that we weren’t real Americans – liberals, urbanites, non-believers, cabernet-sippers, same-sex lovers, anti-war-mongerers, Volvo drivers – well, the tables have turned. We’re the real Americans now.

The Tomasky List of the 19 Worst Americans of 2008

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The Times Of Harvey Milk

30 December, 2008 at 11:49 pm (Civil Rights, Historical Figure, Movie to Watch, Politics)

The movie Milk is in theatres now, and it’s definitely worth the trip. However, an Oscar-winning documentary about the man came out in 1984, and it’s a must see. The Times of Harvey Milk is available to watch, for free, on hulu right now. I’m going to attempt to embed it here, but if that doesn’t work, check it out on hulu’s site

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TIME has named their 2008 Person of the Year

17 December, 2008 at 11:05 am (2008 Election, Barack Obama, Historical Figure, Politics)

You’ll never guess who it is! Be sure to read the excellent article about why they chose him.

Obama 2008

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Go See This movie

29 November, 2008 at 5:51 pm (Civil Rights, Historical Figure, Movie to Watch, SuperGay)

Harvey Milk

Yesterday I went and saw Milk, the bio on slain San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk. Everyone should go see this movie (it opens most places on December 5th). It’s hopeful, and sad, and wonderful. I don’t know how I ever questioned Sean Penn being cast as Harvey Milk – I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t get an Oscar nod from this. But the entire movie is so well done; from what I remember of the documentary The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, it’s pretty spot-on with accuracy. They also actually filmed this in the Castro, not just on the street but in the bars there. Robert will be the only one who gets this, but at one point, there is a scene where a character runs into the Glass Coffin, and I bust out laughing when I saw that tacky carpeting. Nobody else in the theater was laughing…

The only thing I wish was different about this movie? I wish they would have opened it about three months ago; I have no doubt that had people seen this, the outcome of Prop 8 may have turned out quite differently.

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We Did It

6 November, 2008 at 12:22 am (2008 Election, Barack Obama, Historical Figure, Politics)

The President-Elect

The President-Elect

Wow.

Two years ago, I started supporting Barack Obama for President. I thought it was a pipe dream; I thought this country, assuming it could get over the racial issue and vote for someone of mixed ethnicity, would never be able to vote for a man with the middle name Hussein.

I have never been so happy to be proven wrong.

I’ve been trying to write this blog all day, but it’s been difficult – shocking though this may seem, I’m having trouble finding the words. But I’ve got them:

Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States.

Wow.

Some have called this “the most important election of our lives”. Believe it or not, I disagree. I think that the 2004 election was the most important (thus far, anyway) – and I think we got it wrong. This election was a chance to rectify that. And boy, did we ever. It isn’t that we won, it’s that we won in a landslide. That there was no need for a recount, or for a supreme court decision. As of right now (NC is still not official), it’s 349-173.

Obama got 63,933,373 of the popular vote; McCain, 56,422,226

In 2004, after Bush was reelected, we Dems were shocked. I remember a sense of utter hopelessness. And it wasn’t that Kerry was so great; it was that Bush had caused so much harm, and the thought of what could happen in the next four years was frightening. We’ll never know what would have happened if Kerry had won; we do know that a Bush victory has meant many thousands more are dead in Iraq; that we’re in the very beginning of the mother of all financial crises; that our country has been looked at with contempt by so many other residents of the world. Would some of this have happened without Bush? Maybe. But I cannot see how Bush has made this country a better place in the last four years; I can’t think of one redemptive part of his presidency. And yes, that $600 check was nice – but I would gladly have given it up to go without another round of W.

But I digress.

This election was so much different than 2004. It wasn’t a matter of hating the Republican candidate; it was a matter of truly, passionately feeling that the Democrat was the exact right person for the job. There are many reasons that I was an early supporter of Barack Obama, but I think the biggest one for me was that he is an extremely intelligent man who seemed to want the job for the right reason: that he actually wanted to change America, to make it a better place. Yes, I know, he is a politician. But he’s also done a lot for social justice, for the neediest of society, before he had any political ambitions to speak of. Before Harvard Law, he worked in the South Side of Chicago as a community organizer. Governor Palin mocked this at the RNC, but that was one of the things that spoke most to me about his character.

And let’s talk about the fact that this country is finally realizing that liberal is not a dirty word; that progressive can be a good thing. Four years ago, gay marriage was a divisive issue, used by Republicans to scare conservatives into a vote for the Right. It’s hard to remember today, given the blows to civil rights in California, Arkansas, Arizona, and Florida, but we have come so far since then. There are several examples, but case-in-point would be Obama’s speech last night. He mentioned gay people in the first minute-and-a-half of his acceptance speech. Gay people were mentioned in a normal, positive way by a politician. Pretty incredible.

I know that everything won’t change overnight; Obama is walking into a Presidency with a situation that is beyond difficult. And yet. I am so hopeful right now. Hopeful that things really will begin changing for the better. Hopeful that this country is filled with people that want what is best for themselves and their neighbors, that will no longer be led by fear and hatred. Mostly, I am glad I got to be a part of it. Never have I had such confidence in the strength of my convictions; knowing that a majority of this country agrees is powerful. I have enjoyed living in this blue city, in this blue state. But the thought that I now live in a blue country, at least for the next few years – amazing.

The high of this will wear off eventually, I am sure. But the moment last night when Obama was elected – I’ll never forget that. I am so proud that I was a small part of this, and I am going to relish how this feels.

I’m posting Barack’s acceptance speech below. I don’t know that anyone will watch it – if you haven’t, you ought to. It is really fantastic; Obama really is an incredible orator. I know I’ll watch it again in the future, and hope whenever I do I can be reminded of how I feel right now, in this time.

Yes we can – and yes we did. I can honestly say, I have never been so proud to be an American.

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Milk

4 September, 2008 at 11:40 am (Historical Figure, Movie to Watch, SuperGay)

It’s my new blog!

I’ve been meaning to post on here, but hadn’t yet thought of a good inaugural post.  Then I decided, well, probably just best to take the leap.  So here goes!

I just watched a preview for the new Gus Van Sant film, “Milk”.  This is a movie about Harvey Milk that’s been in the works for awhile…and it looks like it won’t disappoint:

See?  Pretty good stuff.

Now, some of you are asking, “Who is Harvey Milk?”  A very important figure in history (especially for us gays).  Ever heard of the Twinkie defense?  No?  Well, read about Harvey Milk, and the terrible injustice that was done to him, here:
http://www.time.com/time/time100/heroes/profile/milk01.html

Or, watch the excellent documentary about him from the 80s, narrated by Harvey Firestein, “The Life and Times of Harvey Milk”.

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