I was watching my news feeds today, and one of the first stories I saw pop up was about how Obama had lied about staying a few weeks with his uncle. What the article actually said was that Obama failed to correct it when the White House said that he hadn’t met his uncle. This was headline news.
My first reaction when reading this was, “So?” My next reaction was, “I wonder how some of the Obama haters in my friends list are going to twist this into Obama being the devil.”
A few minutes later, I read that Nelson Mandela died.
There are many reasons to respect Nelson Mandela, but the one I focus on was his ability to reject hate. He had reasons to be bitter and angry and hateful, but he said that leaders don’t have time for hatred. He was in jail for 27 years, and when he was sworn into office, he had one of his jailers present.
The timing of the news of Mandela’s death next to Obama’s “lie” drew me into making some comparisons.
I want to like and respect Obama as much as Mandela, but I can’t. I don’t dislike our president. I respect him, and I think he is a powerful speaker, and a good man. I want more, though. I want to see the measure of Obama’s convictions. I don’t want him to sell his ideas to me, I want him to see his vision through.
Maybe the Republican obstructionist ways have been keeping him from acting. Maybe he’s just one man, and I’m expecting too much.
Nelson Mandela was just one man, but when he stood for something, others stood with him.
I want more. Maybe the healthcare reform is the thing, but I’m not feeling it.
The president is in his last term. I want him to take a risk. I don’t want him to try and do something popular, I want him to try and do something right. I don’t know what that is yet. Maybe if I figure out the answer, I’ll just go do it myself.