Things that Just Weren’t Meant To Be
Barack Obama has vowed that he will “change the world” even as he urged his supporters to guard against complacency.
The supremely confident demeanour and exalted rhetoric of the Democratic nominee at a New Hampshire event betrayed that he is a man convinced he is poised to make history.
Speaking in an apple orchard against the picture-perfect New England backdrop of an red, green and yellow autumn foliage on a stage adorned with pumpkins and hay bales, Mr Obama reminded voters of the dangers of hubris.
There was a carnival atmosphere among the crowd of some 4,000, who almost drowned Mr Obama out as he reached his crescendo and said: “I promise you. We won’t just win New Hampshire. We will win this election and, you and I together, we’re going to change the country and change the world.”
Aside from location, the rally bore little similarity to a visit Obama paid last October; size, security and rhetoric were all dramatically bigger. The change in scope was not lost on 10 Londonderry Middle School students attending the rally as a special field trip.
Keegan Smith said he had been to last year’s Obama event.
“It’s so much bigger this time,” he said. “Last year, there were maybe 700 to 800 people across the street. This is huge.”
No Obama rally is complete without a few celebrity sightings.
Actor Justin Long, co-star of “Live Free or Die Hard” and the popular “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” commercials was spotted by the middle schoolers and posed for photos. Actor John de Lance, better known as “Q” from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” was also present.
Not present, or at least not singing the National Anthem at the rally was Londonderry senior Zach Bencal.
Bencal, who sings the anthem for a number of school events and is actively involved in local community theatre, had been contacted by the Obama campaign to sing the anthem. He agreed to do so, then was told later in the evening the anthem had been scratched from the program. Bencal said he was told by the campaign the decision was a simple programming change to make room for another speaker.
“I guess it just wasn’t meant to be,” Bencal said. (emphasis added)
Sandra Abrevaya, communications director for the Obama campaign’s Manchester office, confirmed the choice had simply been a last-minute scratch from the rally’s program, which included the Pledge of Allegiance.
“We regret the miscommunication with Zach about today’s event but…”
The Nation of Islam, a secretive movement generally closed to outsiders, has planned a rare open-to-the public event at its Chicago-based headquarters in what the Minister Louis Farrakhan deemed a “new beginning” for the group.
“We have restored Mosque Maryam completely, and we will dedicate it to the universal message of Islam, and the universal aspect of the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad,” Farrakhan said in an invitation letter. “It represents for the Nation of Islam, a new beginning…
The Nation purchased the mosque, a former Greek Orthodox church, in 1972…
“It is a very conscious effort to open the mosque up to the community and to rededicate the community to learning about Islam,” said Aminah McCloud, a professor of Islamic studies at DePaul University. “Previously, the Nation has been open to people coming to visit it, but its members don’t generally go anywhere else … now there is a concerted effort.”
Things that Just Weren’t Meant To Be
- America as we know it.
- The two party system: A Liberal Supermajority Get ready for ‘change’ we haven’t seen since 1965, or 1933.
- The World as we know it.
- The National Anthem.
- The Pledge of Allegiance.
- The US Constitution.
- Louie Farrakhan remaining in the closet.
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