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Ask Not… **Updated**

Slightly edited and re-posted from November 5, 2009. I was listening to Tavis Smiley this morning and was reminded of this earlier post. I will update with the clip from Morning Joe-Boy (or “Jughead” as Stewart calls him), if I can find a tube. Tavis rocks. I have liked him forever. And I really like Jughead. Heh.

Ask Not…  

by: Hollede

Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 16:24:19 PM EST

I have a couple of important issues that I want addressed by our new President. God, after eight long years, it feels so good to call someone President again. President Barack Hussein Obama.

However, I am going to skip over my desires and speak to something I think our new President needs. Something our country needs. Something our world needs.

We need you. I am taken back to JFK and his question to America. I think it applies now more than ever.

We need you. We got President Obama elected, but that was the easy part.

We need you. To change our country. To take our country back. To take our respect back. To take our Consitution back.

We need you. To make our elected servants do what they must for our country.

We need you. To make certain our media speaks to the truth.

We need you. To not let the haters win.

We need you. We are you, and together we can change the world.

**Updated with the Tavis Smiley interview.

I like Smiley, because he is able to get to the point so succinctly, and he is right on target very often.


  1. HappyinVT

    It’s nice to know, for the first time in 8 years, we’ll have someone in the White House who wants to hear from us.  And, is going to use the available tools to allow that happen.

    Somehow, I think the media will prove more difficult.

  2. Hollede

    post racial period. I have not been able to find the clip, but he essentially takes the media to task for suggesting we live in post racial times, because we have elected an African American President. I may diary about this later, if I feel up to it.

    I kinda pushed it a bit too much last week and am in a bit of a relapse. I am not a very good sick person.

    One of the reasons I like watching Morning Jughead, is catching little gems like the interview with Smiley.

    Oh yeah and seeing Peggy Noonin doing her Xanax/Ambian induced diatribes and crazy Uncle Pat are just too funny. heh.

  3. Strummerson

    The transition has felt quite long and it’s indeed time to start getting revved up for the inauguration and first hundred days.

    I’m always amazed at the massive cognitive dissonance involved in the popular perception that the right has the edge on patriotism.  How does leaving almost everything in the mystified and invisible hands of individual self-interest add up to patriotism?  How do we fail to make the case that commitment to the “common good,” either directly through government, enabled by government creating hospitable conditions, or inspired by government leadership is exactly what patriotism should look like?

    We own the call to service.  Now we must revive it.  And the phony and manipulative jingoism that our opponents wield to divide us must be revealed for what it is: anti-social class warfare.

    With all of my misgivings about nationalism and the structural problems of the liberal nation state, if America is a place that at least strives consistently to be a place of greater fairness and an ethical force for good in the world, it will be much easier for me to sing at the openings of ballgames.


    Lots of people have been obsessing over every little choice made by Obama and his transition team, parsing every word that he says these days but here’s how I look at it:

    Think of the best President in your lifetime.  Do I/you think that Obama has the potential for being as good or even better than that president?  Is there anything he has said or done so far to make me/you think he won’t be as good or better?  

    If the answers are Yes and No, then we have nothing to worry about.

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