By Ed Deeb
November 5, 2008
I’m really glad this historic political campaign is over. Never thought it would be. It took nearly two years and almost a billion dollars to run the most expensive Presidential campaign in history.
Think about what happened. Who will fade? Who will we remember? What will the future hold for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani? Bottom line: It will be easier for a man of color or a woman to run for this high office in the future. No question.
Things that stood out in my mind: the crisis of Fannie and Freddie which interrupted the Republican convention, the financial crisis of home mortgages, the stock market crash and Joe the Plumber.
Let’s not forget the themes: Change, Yes We Can, Country First. What about fervor in getting out the vote and those that switched parties at the polls? Perhaps most importantly, there was the awakening of young people to cast their votes.
Have you ever seen such biased reporting by the mainstream media? There never was a question as to who they supported in newspaper articles, television and radio talk shows and magazine features. At journalism school, they teach that reporters should be objective in reporting. Points of view only belonged on the editorial pages. With all the negative campaigning, it’s no wonder we can’t get more qualified people to run for office - they fear smear campaigns.
We heard about the Joe the Plumber. What about Jill the Hairdresser? Jack the Grocer? Sally the Secretary?
In the end, one thing is for sure: As a nation, we have a lot of things that need fixing. And it is time both parties begin working together for the benefit of the entire nation, and not worry about their re-elections.
Enough is enough. What do you think?
So, in closing, congratulations, Barack Obama. You’ve got a lot of work to do.