Sunday, August 31, 2008

Promises to keep

Sarah Vowell has a really nice homage to Ted Kennedy and the Democrats, the party of Pell Grants, in yesterday's NY Times. I particularly enjoyed her interpretation of Obama's vision of the "promise" of the U.S.:
Picture this: a wind-powered public school classroom of 19 multiracial 8-year-olds reading above grade level and answering the questions of their engaging, inspirational teacher before going home to a cancer-free (or in remission) parent or parents who have to work only eight hours a day in a country at war solely with the people who make war on us, where maybe Exxon Mobil can settle for, oh, $8 billion in quarterly profits instead of $11 billion, and the federal government’s point man for Biblical natural disasters is someone who knows more about emergency management than how to put on a horse show.

2 comments:

Dan Callahan said...

I saw this essay earlier today, and since Sarah Vowell is one of my favorite writers, I was delighted to see it. If you haven't, I strongly recommend checking out her book The Partly Cloudy Patriot for similar essays. I personally recommend listening to her audiobooks over reading it, because her readings are just so endearing and add so much to the work.

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