happy, dear hearts, and allow yourselves a few more weeks of quiet exultation.
It isn't gloating, it's satisfaction at a job well done. He was a superb
candidate, serious, professorial but with a flashing grin and a buoyancy that
comes from working out in the gym every morning. He spoke in a genuine voice,
not senatorial at all. He relished campaigning. He accepted adulation
gracefully. He brandished his sword against his opponents without mocking or
belittling them. He was elegant, unaffected, utterly American, and now (Wow)
suddenly America is cool. Chicago is cool. Chicago !!!
threw the dice and we won the jackpot and elected a black guy with a Harvard
degree, the middle name Hussein and a sense of humor he said, "I've got
relatives who look like Bernie Mac, and I've got relatives who look like
Margaret Thatcher." The French junior minister for human rights said,
"On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this
dream unfolding before our eyes." When was the last time you heard someone
from France say they wanted to be American and take a bite of something of
ours? Ponder that for a moment.
The world expects us to elect pompous yahoos, and instead we have us a
47-year-old prince from the prairie who cheerfully ran the race, and when his
opponents threw sand at him, he just smiled back. He'll be the first president
in history to look really good making a jump shot. He loves his classy wife and
his sweet little daughters. At the same time, he knows pop music, American lit
and constitutional law. I just can't imagine anybody cooler.
feels good to be cool, and all of us can share in that, even sour old
right-wingers and embittered blottoheads. Next time you fly to Heathrow and
hand your passport to the man with the badge, he's going to see "United
States of America" and look up and grin. Even if you worship in the church
of Fox, everyone you meet overseas is going to ask you about Obama, and you may
as well say you voted for him because, my friends, he is your line of credit
over there. No need anymore to try to look Canadian."
From Garrison Keilor's, "WOW! America Is Cool" – read the entire column here . "Flag" by Jasper Johns.