Posted by blk1 on 29th August 2008
It’s been a long ride to this moment in time. Just one year ago, I remember holding my breath, hoping that Al Gore would still take the plunge and run again. HIllary looked like a shoe-in but I was still hesitating, unable to really get excited about her. I missed Bill, and Hillary had the same last name but just didn’t convince me. I don’t remember what I thought about Barack then.
I held onto Al for months, but even after his Noble Prize, there was no talk from him, about a run. I began to watch the early debates featuring the string of Democratic hopefuls and I liked Joe Biden, Bill Richardson and yes, Hillary.
Gradually the pack thinned out and for the New York Primary I threw my support to Hillary and I did like her, but I wondered still about her authenticity. She sounded great, but would she stand behind her words? Smart and experienced, but was she desperate to get to back into the White House? And then Bill went out on the campaign trail as her bull dog and his role as bad cop seemed inappropriate.
Barack started looking better to me. It was a hard fight. Yes, the Clintons came to the table with a genuine passion for the rights of minorities, but the threat of a Black man threw them off and Bill went too far and forced Ted Kennedy’s hand to break of his neutrality and throw his support to Barack, and that was probably the turning point. I listened to Caroline as did many others and I thought about her father and my beginnings in politics with him and I started to turn.
Finally in March, when Tuvia and I were back in Israel, we sat together in our hotel room and watched Barack’s speech on race on You Tube and that was the moment for us. I had never heard a political speech like that, taking on the race issue head on.
I was on board and the campaign took on a new dimension for me now that I had a candidate to believe in. I do believe that Barack Obama will make us look better in the eyes of the world community and will work hard to create an agenda that will fit with what I believe in and want to see in America.
What a climax last night as Barack took the stage to accept the nomination officially in front of 75,000 supporters. He left me breathless as he stood up to all the naysayers. Tuvia and I had moved away from all the commentators on Tuesday night, switching to CSPAN for an pure view of convention to hear all the voices, without reporters, desperate and bored, chatting about nothing.
It was a great moment as we held hands, drank diet coke and listened to Barack, poised and brilliant bring his case to us. We are on board.
John McCain, BRING IT ON!!