In addition to yesterday’s big news about the declared support of Senator Ted Kennedy, preceded by Caroline Kennedy’s amazing op-ed piece in Sunday’s New York Times…
…the woman who first famously referred to Bubba as our first black president is also supporting Obama!!!
How about that? Check out Toni Morrison’s open letter to the illustrious senator from Illinois:
Dear Senator Obama,
This letter represents a first for me–a public endorsement of a Presidential candidate. I feel driven to let you know why I am writing it. One reason is it may help gather other supporters; another is that this is one of those singular moments that nations ignore at their peril. I will not rehearse the multiple crises facing us, but of one thing I am certain: this opportunity for a national evolution (even revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the person to capture it.
May I describe to you my thoughts?
I have admired Senator Clinton for years. Her knowledge always seemed to me exhaustive; her negotiation of politics expert. However I am more compelled by the quality of mind (as far as I can measure it) of a candidate. I cared little for her gender as a source of my admiration, and the little I did care was based on the fact that no liberal woman has ever ruled in America. Only conservative or “new-centrist” ones are allowed into that realm. Nor do I care very much for your race[s]. I would not support you if that was all you had to offer or because it might make me “proud.”
In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don’t see in other candidates. That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it. Wisdom is a gift; you can’t train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace–that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom.
When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his country’s citizens as “we,” not “they”? Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?
Our future is ripe, outrageously rich in its possibilities. Yet unleashing the glory of that future will require a difficult labor, and some may be so frightened of its birth they will refuse to abandon their nostalgia for the womb.
There have been a few prescient leaders in our past, but you are the man for this time.
Good luck to you and to us.
How very well-said. This is one of the many reasons I admire her so.*
*Plus she’s one of my three muses!!!
The New York Observer: Toni Morrison’s Letter to Barack Obama
4 thoughts on “The Endorsements Just Keep Rolling In!!!”
>This was deep for me.My knowledge of the candidates in this election are limited because I made the choice not to care. The last election was the first election I was able to vote. The outcome was disappointing for me and planted a seed of cynicism in the country's political system that I still hold to this day.Toni's letter is sincere and passionate. It has sparked a curiosity in me to at least research information on the candidates–especially Obama. That way if I decide to vote again, I'll be making the best choice possible.
>Those endorsements really make a statement. The Clintons need to realize the presidency is not their entitlement.
>Maya Angelou endorsed Hillary, but it sounds like she did it out of personal loyalty, not what's good for this country. It's time for a positive change for America and that doesn't mean Hillary Clinton.Obama '08. It just makes sense.
>This open letter was touching and for those who hadn't thought about him as being the "prime" candidate, it should make them take a second look now.