Mom is probably the sweetest woman I have ever known. She has a hard time understanding why people are mean to each other so often, and being her son, I have a hard time understanding that as well. She was born in 1940, when the world was very different.
Why be mean when there are so many other ways to treat people?
So today, I was kind of surprised when I got her call this afternoon. She was teary. I was afraid for her upon hearing her tone.
“This has been one of the best 200 days of my life,” she said, in tears.
“Why?” I asked.
“Did you see Colin Powell?”
I missed his appearance on Meet the Press, but when I took her call, I had read about it.
“Powell spoke like we would. He told the truth,” said mom.
She was very touched and her being that moved by Powell’s endorsement of Obama caused me to look up what Powell really said.
“I think he would be a transformational president. For that reason I will be voting for Senator Barack Obama.
It would not just electrify our country, it would electrify the world.
He displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at (economic) problems like this, and picking a vice president (Joseph Biden) that I think is ready to be president on day one.
I was glad to hear that mom was so happy. Powell’s endorsement made me happy in a different way. I’m glad that Powell may have killed McCain’s candidacy by signaling to some moderate and military types that it’s OK to vote Obama. This is the most significant endorsement I can ever remember.
We are going to do this.