Barack Obama honoring Bayard Rustin with a Medal of Freedom.
Good work, Obama.
AP’s Ben Feller on Obama’s legacy.
I have to admit cynicism creeps in about half the time I think about US politics these last four years. House Republicans are crazy hostage-takers, Obama folds too easy when things get tough, and American people suffer as a result.
But I never doubt what Obama’s vision is and that he wants to equal the playing field. His list of accomplishments, printed out and in bullet-points, is amazing. However, the feeling hasn’t changed. While half the time my thoughts tend to be cynical, I still balance that with a cautious optimism that the United States can be a more equal and considerate society in the next four years.
"I trust you, Obama"
I found this on the walkway outside the middle school where I work.
Typically we underestimate students’ political knowledge. Sure, many of them parrot what their parents or the TV says, but that’s only if teachers and parents aren’t teaching them civic literacy and knowledge. We owe it to students to include them in conversations and to present the issues without our opinion to see where they stand and what they observe.
I frequently remind my team that we manage students the same way we manage adults. We all want the same basic things. And this message, scrawled in child writing and duct taped to the ground, echoes what so many adults across America feel, and why they voted for Obama. It’s equal parts policy and gut feeling.
That being said, I trust you too, Obama.
These are the lines that struck me. One party hopes to be elected through the rights they’re denying to fellow Americans. The other party hopes to win through its inclusivity.
Michelle’s biggest fans were watching her convention speech from home.
This New York Times article by Jodi Kantor helps to answer the question, “Why would anyone take the most stressful job in the world where the rewards are few and there’s always a target on your back?”
[Update: Gawker does a good job summarizing the article.]
Yes, you are probably bombarded with this video, but if you haven’t seen it, you must.
In Romney’s case, the signature slants far to the right, a sign of one who may impulsively act first and think second.
We had handwriting analyst Sheila Kurtz analyze the penmanship of the GOP hopefuls (plus Barack) for a unique look at their character. Pretty cool (scary?) stuff.