Saturday, November 8, 2008

No, I do not have a poster on my ceiling...

But I admire our President Elect more than I've admired anyone outside of my immediate family. In a long time. And here's a reason (from an article on body language on election night):

Here's the number one body language moment they discuss in the article:
1. Power, Joy, Grief And Fatigue = One Whole Person
When Obama took the stage, we saw a man embodying a complex array of feeling. He looked tired, of course, and who wouldn't be? A ten-year-old in the room, who hadn't heard of the death of Barack's grandmother, said "He looks sad." It takes a deeply integrated person to let his grief be visible on a night of overwhelming victory. This is a key to his personality, and bodes well for the future of his presidency. It takes enormous strength to let your vulnerabilities rest so comfortably in yourself that they can be readily seen.

There was one emotion we're glad was missing from Obama and the crowd in Grant Park: any sense of triumphant glee. We couldn't help wondering if it would have been present in McCain's supporters had the tables been turned. John McCain had to silence a few boos and jeers from his audience, but by and large they just looked sad, tired and meek.

Finally, we were deeply moved by Obama's body language at the end, in the easy way he brought forth the other members of his and Biden's family to share the stage. He seemed to melt into them, as if he knows deep in his bones that none of this is really about him as an individual ego. There's a huge difference between needing to be the center of things and simply being in the middle of things. Somehow, despite all the adulation and glory (as well as the relentless attacks mounted by the other side) Obama still knows what he's known all along: he's one of us.
After eight years of swagger and bluster, vulnerability is an appealing, human alternative.


  1. Trish, it would totally be okay if you did have the poster.

  2. Bravo, Trish. Beautiful post. I'm gonna Twitter a link.

    You're in my sidebar now, by the way.

  3. What appeals to me so much about the idea of vulnerability is that it means you can be affected by things—opinions, feelings, ideas, events. You can be moved to change or action. You're not living in your own impenetrable bubble.


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