President-Elect Obama

I avoid writing about politics on my blog because my views don't tend to line up with most people in my life, and it is generally better to stay mum. I had huge criticisms of both candidates, and have enormous admiration for both McCain and Obama. So personally this was never a given. But going to the polls yesterday and seeing the excitement of my neighbors and the emotions of the crowd when Obama won was deeply moving.

This is huge.

[Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, W.E.B. Dubois, Thurgood Marshall, Elizabeth Eckard, Birmingham 1963, Martin Luther King Jr., Shirley Chisholm, Barack Obama with his Mother, w/ his Father, with his maternal Grandmother, Toot, and with his family.]


GiselleG said...

Jen- thanks for the images & thoughts on the election. I'm surprised by how emotional I do feel about this event. It's very moving. The images you show here bring it together. It's all pretty incredible. It was such a privilege to be part of this event, by casting our ballot.

Jen Bradford said...

Absolutely! The inauguration is going to be something else again. I keep saying "wow" every time I think of someone else who would have been so astounded had they lived to see this. I know it doesn't mean the end of the struggle for civil rights, but it's a big deal.

marcia Miner said...

I found this and thought it appropriate.

..if it wasn't for Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With," we'd have a very little footprint in contemporary 60's paintings of the Civil Rights struggle.

In some Rockwellian works like this one there's an example of an illustrator whose work crossed over and now - at least that piece and all the works from his civil rights imagery - crosses into fine art.

Jen Bradford said...

I'll try to get your link to work. The title has always bothered me, but I do like the painting.

Rockwell, The Problem We All Live With 1964.