Vriend Scott Miller uit Washington schreef:
It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America. –Barack Obama at Grant Park last night.
Listening to those words last night in Obama’s eloquent speech was quite a coincidence for me, since Sam Cooke’s classic A Change Is Gonna Come has been haunting me all week: It’s been a long time coming, but I know/A change is gonna come, oh yes it will. Obama invoked Sam Cooke in an echo of the perfect song for the occasion.
Cooke wrote A Change Is Gonna Come in response to Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind. Last night, Dylan was bringing it all back home by playing at the University of Minnesota. Not long after the news of Obama’s victory had reached the auditorium, the notoriously taciturn (onstage) Dylan told the audience during the encore, It looks like things are going to change now. Then he played Blowin’ in the Wind to end the show. It all comes round again.
What an emotional event Obama’s victory is, with so many tears of joy shed, including mine. A transforming historical moment: It feels like the U.S. has finally regained its soul and rejoined the rest of the world. The worldwide celebration for him has been tremendous, a fitting tribute. And it was great to see all those happy people in DC today.
Bij het begin van oorlog is de Waarheid het eerste slachtoffer.
Maar in euforie van verkiezingsoverwinning kan ook weleens wat sneuvelen.
Zelfs ooggetuigen zijn het niet eens.
Hier moet ik nou alles van weten, heerlijk! In mijn jeugd zat je te wachten tot Muziek Expres of Tuney Tunes in boekwinkel lagen. Achteraf bezien stond daar dan nog niks in. Dat is bijvoorbeeld al erg veranderd.