Thursday, October 30, 2008

Unlikely Hope

Andrew Sullivan's take on the 'Yes We Can' video:

The video that changed an election campaign. It's a video that still affects me. Mock it all you want. Mock me all you want. There is a reason this ad resonated. It has to do with eight long years of shame and drift and failure. It's a statement that Bush and Cheney are not who we are. They are not the America that has existed and will one day be regained. The stain of these dark years - years of torture and intolerance and fear and raw power - can be erased.

I have little to add to Sullivan's remarks beyond pointing out that I still have no idea who most of these people making cameo appearances are (full list here). I recognize Obama, of course; and I recognize Scarlet Johansson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and John Legend. The guy in the pork pie hat,, is supposedly famous, but his appearance on the Bill Maher show a few weeks back was, to put it politely, listless.

My snarks aside, yes we can. In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

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