Elements or Lower

Wed, 05 Nov 2008

Hope.

I keenly remember watching the results of the 2000 election come in with an unshakeable sense of foreboding.  The election of the President of the USA is unique in its international significance, and a Bush presidency smelled only of trouble. But how bad it would get? I had no idea.

In 2004, I found four small items of consolation in Kerry’s defeat, among them the first hints of Obama’s rising star in the Democratic Party.  Here, I thought, we might actually have the first African-American President.  But the very next President? I had no idea.

In 2012, my daughter will be six; in 2016, ten.  What will the world be like for her then?  I have no idea.

But today I have hope.