At some point in the future you will see Barack Obama on a TV somewhere delivering a speech and think, "Oh, there's the President," rather than, "OH MY GOD, that's the President!" When it happens it will be a natural and healthy thing-and remember, apart from the sheer historical fact of his presidency, the guy hasn't yet been in office for six full months-but I hope familiarity doesn't blind us to his ability to inspire. If you missed last night's speech to the NAACP, I would really encourage you to watch; it's one of the most dazzling performances I've seen the man deliver. Let's hope he's given enough time to follow through on the promises implied (ending DADT and DOMA at some point soon would be a good start!) so that when we're finally all, "Oh, there's the President," it's with a sense of prideful boredom rather than scornful disinterest. But go ahead and watch.
Friday, July 17th, 2009