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1/18/09 11:11 A

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That we are! Well said SugarPal and Jaazzy. I'm thrilled, excited, and so energized! With Barack at the helm, we truly have an opportunity to change the world. We just have to make sure our representatives give him the support he needs.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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thank you SugarPal, i am glad u saw where i was coming from...we r all one family...

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1/18/09 1:26 A

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Ok, I'll come clean! I love him!!!

HEY YA'LL !!!!


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1/16/09 7:05 P

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Thanks each and everyone for reading my essay...and to each and every comment...tears are coming to my eyes because we all were able to say just what Barak Obama means to us...and each and every comment was beautiful...I must stop typing because my eyes are filling up and I can't see....do you all realize how I feel right now...black, white...whatever...and especially because his Grandparents and Mother were white and his Father was black...that's even more reasons to Thank God for this blessing and this man.

Superfantastic weekend...see ya all at the inaugaration...

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1/14/09 10:30 P

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i agree...i see a man~~~~~it doesn't matter what race, religion or creed..it matters how u do unto others..
i also understand how peers can influene who u think or what think u r...my daughter chose to be herself..my son's father is hispanic..he married a hispanic woman and they have a little girl..
my dauther was married to a hispanic and has a daughter, her second husband was Asian and they have a son..you can see them on my sparkpage..the reason i am sharing this is to say we r a very diverse family, beyond all the race and culture in our family we r FAMILY and i am proud of our diversity. When my daughter was a child in school her teacher told me she referred to our family as the rainbow family, i thought that was beautiful since the rainbow consist of many colors. I see that in Obama, his mother was white, father black, step-father indonesian, etc so he to is very diverse...America has become such a big melting pot...lets be men, women and children..i know we don't live in a perfect world but it doesn't stop me from having hope that one day we will see beyond all of the blinders and see one another for what we r..human beings...

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1/14/09 3:48 A

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Excellent essay. When I look at Obama I see a man who sincerely wants the best for everyone so that America can be the best it can be. He seems to understand what it will take to get us to where we need to be-hard work, sacrifice, commitment,and standing up for what is right. United we will prevail-we have already witnessed what divided will do.

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1/14/09 2:31 A

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I've tried to say this twice and backspaced both times. It may read "wrong" but please hold fire on any criticism until you've read more of my posts than just this one, if you're new, or the one person who jumps on everything I say (smile).
I'm trying to quote something my dad used to say. A person in a blended family, gay, etc not a traditional family could take offense. Please dont.
He used to say you could judge a man not by his dress, his smile.. but by his family.
That a man could clean up, but it's whether or not his family was supportive, and loving that reflected on his true character. Dad would, as part of his interview process, drop by unexpectedly on a man's home before hiring him as a manager. Right or wrong, it's what he'd do. I still think it's brilliant.
Now I realize individuals go through problems, addictions, etc that are nobody else's fault. I think he meant loving and supportive.
Every time I see Barack, Michelle and their girls together, smiling such warm smiles, hugging.. I think of what dad said when he was alive.
I had those same thoughts when I read news stories about Cindy McCain stealing and using drugs.
Chelsea Clinton turning out so well.
Jenna Bush's drunken antics.
Hmmm, I'll shut up now. I'm definitely detecting a pattern (grin)


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1/14/09 12:54 A

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Sugarpal,
Your essay is lovely! The reason I support our dear President Obama is his sincerity & honesty. I feel that his cards are on the table for everyone to see. He really is a person who wants to help EVERYONE, not just the privileged. Although I am white, I was poor growing up & have struggled my entire life to have what I have. I feel that President Obama really & truly understands what all of us are going through. He understands our hopes & our dreams for our families & our country. He knows that the division in our country must come to an end if we are to survive as a nation. I don't care what race he is, he is a wonderful man, you can see the content of his character just by watching him with his family & listening to him speak. He will be a great President! I can't wait until inauguration day!! After that, I hope we can all come together to rebuild the confidence & the core of this great nation.
Jeannie

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1/14/09 12:45 A

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My daughter is about the same age and she considers herself to be black because that's how her colleagues and peers have identified her. My husband is from the south where he lived through segregation and then school integration. Heroes outside of sports were rare or short-lived. So Obama is very special. He is a tremendous source of pride to those who didn't have any growing up. Early on, Obama reminded me of John Kennedy, but he is so much more, probably because of his experiences. I should add that I don't disagree with you, but we don't live in a perfect world yet.

Edited by: ADAPTABLE_ELLEN at: 1/14/2009 (00:47)
Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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1/14/09 12:12 A

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my daughter is 31 and she is also bi racial..so i do understand. I have endured insults from both sides. My daughter also so that is why i posted what i did. My daughter does not consider herself to be white or black but "other"..but more importantly she is a woman and a human being. When she was growing up she got it from both sides, so racism exist within all human beings on all levels not just white/black whether we want to admit it or not. I see Obama as a MAN representing all of Americans. As Martin Luther King once said,"I have a dream, that one day a man will not be judged by the color of his skin but my the context of his character"..i think to much emphasis has been put on the color of Obama's skin instead of his character. Again, he was raised by a white couple, his grandma and grandpa...he married a black woman so i would like to think he has a balance of both cultures...

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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN's Photo ADAPTABLE_ELLEN Posts: 6,710
1/13/09 11:45 P

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You have to have lived as an African American to truly understand. I'm white and my husband of 34 years is African American. When I think of all of the slights, harassment, low expectations, condescension, etc. that he and our daughter have endured over the years, I understand completely. But then, I see racism every time I leave my house.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

Ellen


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1/13/09 10:13 P

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i know that lots of people refer to Obama as a black man etc but his mother was a white woman and he was basically raised by his white grandmother...why can he be what he is,,A MAN. i hope i don't offend anyone but just thought i would post my thought.

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1/13/09 7:51 P

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Sugarpal - beautiful essay - thanks for sharing this with us. Barack Obama is a wonderful man and he will be a wonderful president - I agree that this is a precious gift we need. Maizey

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1/13/09 6:06 P

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Awe inspiring.. I hope it gets published, too!

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1/13/09 5:54 P

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Excellent! I too hope it is published.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

"Maya Angelou"


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That is really well written. I hope they do publish it.

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1/13/09 4:04 P

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I just joined this team via 2CORS:17...I was looking at her sparkpage...seem to be reading about myself...LOL!!! And then I found this team...

I would like to share just and excerpt that I am hoping my local paper publishes the week of our Presidents inauguration.

GET READY!... GET READY!... GET READY!...

I had the opportunity to listen to our President… Barak Obama give his address and he was as eloquent in his speech as ever. He talked about the economic situation of the United States. We all know about it, read about it…you can’t get on the internet without the news and current events reflecting it. Some of us if not all of us have started to feel it. The economic situation and the trials and tragedies of our country and other countries are the first thing you see or hear about everyday.

As he made his plea to congress and talked about his economic plan, I thought…my God…I love this man. I do! I’m proud of him. Yes I am! For the first time in my life I actually have a president that looks like me! Who understands what it means to be an African American, Black, Negro like me. I have never had that in my entire life, have you? In the entire 50 years that I have lived on this earth I have never had a president that looks like me, who has had to face the same trials and tribulations, economic disadvantages, not to mention the dysfunctional family backgrounds and issues as I have as a African American. My Mother never had it…until now, her Mother never did, nor her Mother before her.

God has stretched out his hand and blessed us…do we not see this…but what are we prepared to do?



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