I had always figured that we would not see this during my lifetime. No matter the quality of the candidate or the good ideas in the platform. Americans would not elect an African-American as President. Wasn’t happy about it, but I thought that was a river we were far from crossing in our journey of progress.
Bless all you people out there – especially all the millions of YOUNG Americans – who proved to me just how far we have come.
In my lifetime.
And I think my friend Helen, who died last March at age 94, is celebrating this wherever she is. Her daughter, in sorting out Helen’s financial stuff as the personal represenative of the estate, found that in the last months of her life Helen had sent several donations to the Obama campaign. A retired public school teacher. White. Lutheran. Iowa-born and bred. Ladylike to her core. Sharp as a tack until the end and gracious with it.
Maybe Helen’s support should have hinted to me how big this thing would get.