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Histories will of course be written as to how the Obama Presidency was culturally possible. I look to my own feelings for answers.  He won my vote early, but when did he capture my heart? I've voted for plenty of politicians and I really liked some of them - but this is different.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel something close to love for Obama and his family.  It's more than slightly irrational. Symbolism is already threatening to swamp the man and I'm aware of this - but I just can't quit loving the guy, the moment and the hope he represents.  And so, as I blog my way out the door here at KPBS it's time for some soul searching...

CloudsUpHigh
November 08, 2008 at 05:38 PM
Interesting post and blog. Relevantly, many prominent experts and publications have pointed out that Obama is part of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and GenXers. You may find this page interesting: it has, among other things, excerpts from publications like Newsweek and the New York Times, and videos with over 25 top pundits, all talking specifically about Obama’s identity as a GenJoneser: http://www.generationjones.com/2008election.html



Candace Suerstedt
November 10, 2008 at 04:07 PM
Chris, You have hit on something truly important. I always thought Bill Cosby was crucial in educating an entire generation of whites that African Americans were "just regular people". My kids were raised in a small rural town in Texas, but they were raised without prejudice, partially because it was a priority with me, but the families they saw on television and the music they loved all played a huge part in their education.

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