Still wowing over the election, a wonderful message from Michael Moore:
In a nation that was founded on genocide and then built on the backs
of slaves, it was an unexpected moment, shocking in its simplicity:
Barack Obama, a good man, a black man, said he would bring change to
Washington, and the majority of the country liked that idea. The
racists were present throughout the campaign and in the voting booth.
But they are no longer the majority, and we will see their flame of
hate fizzle out in our lifetime.
There was another important “first” last night. Never before in our
history has an avowed anti-war candidate been elected president during
a time of war. I hope President-elect Obama remembers that as he
considers expanding the war in Afghanistan. The faith we now have will
be lost if he forgets the main issue on which he beat his fellow Dems
in the primaries and then a great war hero in the general election: The
people of America are tired of war. Sick and tired. And their voice was
loud and clear yesterday.
It’s been an inexcusable 44 years since a Democrat running for
president has received even just 51% of the vote. That’s because most
Americans haven’t really liked the Democrats. They see them as rarely
having the guts to get the job done or stand up for the working people
they say they support. Well, here’s their chance. It has been handed to
them, via the voting public, in the form of a man who is not a party
hack, not a set-for-life Beltway bureaucrat. Will he now become one of
them, or will he force them to be more like him? We pray for the latter.
But today we celebrate this triumph of decency over personal attack,
of peace over war, of intelligence over a belief that Adam and Eve rode
around on dinosaurs just 6,000 years ago. What will it be like to have
a smart president? Science, banished for eight years, will return.
Imagine supporting our country’s greatest minds as they seek to cure
illness, discover new forms of energy, and work to save the planet. I
know, pinch me.
We may, just possibly, also see a time of refreshing openness,
enlightenment and creativity. The arts and the artists will not be seen
as the enemy. Perhaps art will be explored in order to discover the
greater truths. When FDR was ushered in with his landslide in 1932,
what followed was Frank Capra and Preston Sturgis, Woody Guthrie and
John Steinbeck, Dorothea Lange and Orson Welles. All week long I have
been inundated with media asking me, “gee, Mike, what will you do now
that Bush is gone?” Are they kidding? What will it be like to work and
create in an environment that nurtures and supports film and the arts,
science and invention, and the freedom to be whatever you want to be?
Watch a thousand flowers bloom! We’ve entered a new era, and if I could
sum up our collective first thought of this new era, it is this:
Anything Is Possible.
An African American has been elected President of the United States!
Anything is possible! We can wrestle our economy out of the hands of
the reckless rich and return it to the people. Anything is possible!
Every citizen can be guaranteed health care. Anything is possible! We
can stop melting the polar ice caps. Anything is possible! Those who
have committed war crimes will be brought to justice. Anything is
We really don’t have much time. There is big work to do. But this is
the week for all of us to revel in this great moment. Be humble about
it. Do not treat the Republicans in your life the way they have treated
you the past eight years. Show them the grace and goodness that Barack
Obama exuded throughout the campaign. Though called every name in the
book, he refused to lower himself to the gutter and sling the mud back.
Can we follow his example? I know, it will be hard.
I want to thank everyone who gave of their time and resources to
make this victory happen. It’s been a long road, and huge damage has
been done to this great country, not to mention to many of you who have
lost your jobs, gone bankrupt from medical bills, or suffered through a
loved one being shipped off to Iraq. We will now work to repair this
damage, and it won’t be easy.
But what a way to start! Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Wow. Seriously, wow.