Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What President Obama and I Have in Common...

What does a female, middle class, mostly conservative, full-time mom and part-time working class nurse have in common with our 44th president? Well, there's not much, but there is enough.

  1. We are both left handed. I did not know this until I was watching the inauguration events yesterday.
  2. We have both been embarrassed about our middle names. My middle name is Gay. My mom said they didn't have gays back when I was born - just queers. I suffered through years of my mother calling me GayGay or ShannyGay. Then it was Junior High and I actually found out what a "gay" was. A pesky male classmate found out and called me Shannon Homosexual Vaas for the duration of both Junior and High School. It doesn't bother me much anymore. I am a "happy" girl. Maybe they called Obama a Hussy or In-seiny? But I think I have heard people call him much worse.
  3. We are both parents to two young daughters. I don't agree with some of his views and am concerned about some of his political connections, but I want to like him when I see pictures of him and his daughters. Maybe some might say that is a nice political play on his part, but I don't think so. You can see the love that Daddy has for his girls and those girls have for their Daddy written all over their faces. That is real. That gives me hope that he will take into consideration the future he is making for his girls (and ours) in the choices he makes today and tomorrow and in the next four years.
  4. We are both Americans. He may not be the candidate I would have chosen, but regardless, he has been chosen to lead this country. I don't envy him one bit. He has a tough road ahead of him. For that reason alone, he has my prayers. Prayers to be a strong president, a good Dad, a good American - and do us Lefties proud.


Annie H. said...

Love your take on this!

Kim said...

His daughters are so close in age to yours as well...glad to see you are still posting away!