Comments on: The Obama Effect Tue, 15 May 2012 14:34:13 +0000 hourly 1 By: Steph Tue, 18 Nov 2008 13:11:47 +0000 from Mitsuye Yamada
“I just loved reading your blog about your students’ responses to the Obama election, Stephanie! I’d been reading about the Japanese people’s great interest in Obama’s campaign and election, but your personal account was far more engaging. I’m not surprised that 95% of your 13-14 year olds are for Obama. His charisma is quite amazing, isn’t it? I agree with Michelle Obama but I can say it without apology, “I’m PROUD of this country for the first time in many years.”

You and Rockstar have certainly managed to turn the U.S. election event and Obama’s acceptance speech into fantastic teaching tools! You captured the excitement of this experience, yours and the students’, in your beautifully written account! It’s no wonder, your Mom and Dad are so proud of you. I’M proud of you too!

Citing the historical events the 106 year-old woman lived throughout her life certainly brought the events into wonderful perspective. The Voting Rights Act for African Americans were passed before her birth, but do you realise that U.S. women were denied the right to vote until 1920 (the 19th Amendment) when the woman was 18 years old?

I’ve become cynical in my old age. In 2004, I had said to myself for months before the election of that year that there was absolutely no way that the American people were going to be stupid enough to vote for W the second time. (I thought that the first time in 2000 too because of his record as Governor of Texas, but since he was untried as U.S. president, I excused the general public for voting for him.) Then he won a second term! Then we learned that election was stolen, so I kept wondering if the Republicans were going to steal this election too by somehow tampering with the voting machines! This election resonated with so many of us because he is not only the first African American U.S. president, but the first person-of- color president! It’s time we had a person-of-color alongside Washington, Lincoln, Grant etc. on our greenbacks!

But you’re right! We must resist the temptation to make him out to be some kind of miracle worker. It will take years to undo the damage W has done these past eight years: on our environment and our civil liberties. Finally! Our faith in the democratic process has been restored!”

By: kathleen Sat, 15 Nov 2008 04:09:19 +0000 excellent. i loved reading this!

By: Steph Fri, 14 Nov 2008 06:48:28 +0000 Obama ’08! Reaching across the aisle to bring families together. Woo hoo!

By: Papa Thu, 13 Nov 2008 19:06:13 +0000 Steph,
I can not tell you how proud I am of you. The things that you said are right on, and even though you are a liberal and I am a conservative, I support the views that you express.

I was also impressed with your realism. Too many democats and republicans put me off because they see things as a swith. Our candidate is good, your candidate is evil. You see the promise, but you also see the uncertainty that comes with that promise. You have an open mind, and that seems to be a rare commodity.

Love, Papa

By: mom Thu, 13 Nov 2008 17:45:45 +0000 This is a wonderful piece of writing, Steph. Very well unified, informative and emotional at the same time. Please send a special copy to Mitsu; I know she will enjoy it. This piece would make a wonderful “radio blog” (I’ve forgotten the name.) I can just hear you reading it, and closing your speech just like NPR.