Along with all the other great moments, tonight showed the world that gay people are every bit as great, as honorable, as worthy of respect as anyone else in this country. The right-wingnuts are already freaking out, and let them. They're small-minded individuals—I have no time for them in my life.
President Obama's speech not only knocked it out of the park, he knocked it out of the park in the next state over, evoking the image of Christine Green, the nine-year old child that was gunned down like an animal that day. He evoked her spirit, her child-like uncynical view of the world we all really need to live up to. I really think this was Obama's finest hour of his political career. I really feel this was his "I Have a Dream" speech and will be looked back at in the future with the same reverence as Dr. King's. I'm sure there will be YouTubes of it, and transcripts you can find if you missed it tonight.
I was commenting and posting at Joe.My.God at the same time the evening was unfolding. Many "first timers" there also known as "the Right" most likely, were complaining about the raucous crowds, the cheers, the standing ovations, their perceived lack of "decorum" for a "solemn memorial." I couldn't disagree more. I found it to be a relevant celebration of life, a loud celebration of lives lost and heroes gained and an uplifting outline for our future.
Personally, I want fabulous '70s disco as well as David Bowie and Pink Floyd to be played REALLY loudly at my own memorial some time in the future. I want people dancing and laughing, doing shots of tequila, smoking joints, whatever they enjoy the most, celebrating their lives as well as mine. I want everyone to have a smile in their hearts as well as their faces, as they remember me. I really don't feel black clothes and hushed whispers will work for me. I thought tonight was just wonderful and moving beyond my expectations.
Right now, I just had to post my feelings in real time.
- Here's link to the Maddow Blog, with the speech in its entirety. Thanks for Katie N.J. for furnishing the link!