Today marks the one year anniversary of that fateful Tuesday last December when I took off on my bicycle from Los Angeles en route 3000 miles to see President Obama’s inauguration in Washington DC. I must say this entire month has been filled with emotions, some happy, others quite sad, as I reflect on what the past year has brought me.
I’d like to list some of the positive gains first: new friends, a passion for cycling, a belief in the American people that had shattered my youthful notions of nationhood. Optimism unbound, and a deep knowledge that anything you dream can be achieved if the intentions are pure and your efforts are supported by like-minded individuals.
But on a more melancholic note, this past year has been such a wild ride through life that I find myself disillusioned and fizzling on my pro-Obama platform. Much of the reason that I have not posted lately is due to travels to Rwanda over the summer
, and now my current job working with the under served youth in Long Island New York.
(Sure they look cute, but just step in for a day and see what happens!)
I stay so busy keeping up on the day to day madness of working with adolescent youth that I hardly have time to keep my nose in the papers to see what my oft-beloved commander in chief has been up to.
But I couldnt resist the headline today…30,000 more troops to Afghanistan?!
If this all goes through, and Mr. Obama becomes just another war president, then I am obliged to state along with Michael Moore that he “will do the worst possible thing [he] could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. … You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.”
If there’s one thing I learned about politics in this last year, its that it is much more challenging than anything I could ever see myself get into. While I wanted to celebrate the Nobel Committee’s decision to honor Obama, I repeat what I said then, “too soon, far too soon”. Let’s hope we can get some pro-peace momentum heading forward.