Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Quote of the Day

Desmond Tutu, at a service organized by the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington's historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Monday morning:
Isn't it awesome that the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States of America should happen a day after Martin Luther King Day... Hey, is this for real? Is tomorrow for real? No, no, no, no, it can't be true! A black man, president of the United States, in the White House?!
It's his symbolic importance, rather than any particular set of policies he's championed, that is causing so much joy right now. But how long will that joy last? And where will Obama choose to spend the political support he now enjoys? Having raised an army, will he send it into battle, or will he become a thrifty, timid majoritarian, unworthy of the hopes he has aroused?

[In Kisumu, Kenya. Obama's father's home town. Photo credit: Katy Gabel/AllAfrica]

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