The Election

Last Tuesday, I sat on the couch next to my son who is 9-years old. He’s returned home each day from over the past couple of weeks with questions about President Obama and Mitt Romney. I discussed the election process with him as best I could, but returned home a few days to catch him looking up electoral maps from past elections. He was excited to show me the map from the 1980 election between Carter and Reagan that was nearly all red.

We started out watching the election coverage on MSNBC which matches up well with my political views. But I wanted my son to experience other takes on the coverage so we switched between CNN, FOX and the BBC as well. FOX was the most entertaining, and we tuned in just in time to watch Karl Rove dispute FOX’s team of pollsters when they called Ohio for Romney. Rove tried to make sense of a situation that wasn’t making any sense to himself or Team Romney.

My son already knew I had voted for Obama. He described how several of his classmates were rooting for Obama, but most were hoping Romney would pull out a win. A few of his friends who attend our church were incredulous when my son told them he supports Obama instead of the candidate who is a member of his church. This gave me an opportunity to explain the difference in how the President of the United States is selected compared to the prophet of our church.

By the time Romney walked out on state to give his gracious concession speech, my son had crawled into bed and fallen asleep. I considered waking him, but with school the next day decided against it. I watched as a visibly exhausted Romney delivered his remarks. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to deliver a message to not only your supporters but the entire nations after failing to achieve what you’ve worked on for seven year. It was the first time I’d felt any compassion the man who vowed to repeal the affordable health care act.

Obama delivered a passionate acceptance speech, but it wasn’t nearly the spectacle of the one he gave in 2008. It will be difficult to top that night in terms of historical significance and overall excitement. The best part of his speech was watching his wife and two daughter escort him onto the stage.

But a year from now, I probably won’t remember much about the election as it pertains to Obama and Romney. That’s because one man stole the show at the DNC and that man is Bill Clinton.

“We are here to nominate a president…and I’ve got one in mind.”

It’s not just the best political speech I’ve ever heard, it’s the best speech I’ve ever heard, period. It was so powerful that it overshadowed everything in its wake including Obama’s nomination acceptance speech. My aunt quipped that Romney was probably thrilled he wasn’t running against Clinton after watching him.

Clinton said when he was working to solve problem for his foundation that he didn’t know if he was working alongside Democrats, Republicans or Independents because everyone was working towards solving problems. The focus was on getting things done.

I hope that level of cooperation will somehow find a way into the hearts those elected to serve our country at the national and state level.

And in 2016, I hope I’m again sitting next to my son watching the election results roll in. But maybe this time we’ll be watching the election of first woman president. And chances are, she’ll have strong ties to Mr. Clinton.

Comments

  1. Lynn W. Henke says:

    Fact checkers didn’t like Clinton’s speech. There was very little to dispute. He stuck to real facts, not the distorted spin most political speeches place on them. One of the greatest political speeches of all time.

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