11.04.2008

Waiting

"It was invisible, as always. They had begun to vote in the villages of New Hampshire …

“For it is the essence of the act that as it happens it is a mystery in which millions of people each fit one fragment of a total secret together, none of them knowing the shape of the whole.

“What results from the fitting together of these secrets is, of course, the most awesome transfer of power in the world - the power to marshal and mobilise, the power to send men to kill or be killed, the power to tax and destroy, the power to create and the responsibility to do so, the power to guide and the power to heal - all committed into the hands of one man ...

“The noise and the blare, the bands and the screaming, the pageantry and oratory of the long fall campaign, fade on election day. All the planning is over, all effort spent. Now the candidates must wait."

- Theodore H. White, The Making of the President, 1960. Antheneum, 1961.

4 comments:

Tiny said...

Like millions of others, I will be glad when all the votes are in and counter. Here's trusting Obama will be the new president to steer our ship of state into calmer waters, onward to a peaceful harbor.

My condolences to him and his family in the great loss of his grandmother.

BBJ said...

Well said, Tiny; well said.

Eowyn said...

I'm reading this after all the votes are in, the concession made, and I must say what a beautiful quote. I actually feel connected with my countymen tonight. It's not their vote that has connected me, but their realization that we Must Participate. That took a lot of downturn that will not get better for a long time. But we are awake. It's like we are a country of individuals who know we must pay attention to that relation to one another.

Tiny said...

I know there was rejoicing in the spirit realm with Obama's grandmother and others of the family who have gone on for that great vacation of the soul.

And indeed they have much to celebrate, as do we, knowing that our ship of state is headed in a new direction for each of us aboard for this new journey. For that we give thanks to the Powers that be.

Our prayers go forth to our new first family with the great tasks before them. Indeed a new day has dawned in America.