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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, November 07, 2008

Quote: "Mutts like me......"

Thought: Obama can't even get a dog without a deliberate and methodical process.(Video)
"With respect to the dog, there are two criteria that have to be reconciled..."

(More thought than the Palin selection? )


  • "Mutts like me..."

    like that quote. it might take some of the wind out of the sails of any self-appointed apostles of racial purity...

    as if any of us ever got to choose our family background.

    By Blogger r8r, at 6:30 PM  

  • I don't know. It seemed to put a rather uncomfortable chuckle through the room.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:05 PM  

  • Wow. I am naive. I immediately thought it simple referred to his non-trust-fund -- ie non-elite --upbringing. Unconventional, yes, but I didn't think of the bi-racial aspect until later. Maybe it's because race isn't in our face, so to speak, here in rural NH. I dunno.

    By Blogger -epm, at 10:15 AM  

  • No. It's race.

    That' why the guys behind him on the dais looked a little uncomfortable.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:48 PM  

  • I'm going to be very interested in the ongoing conversation about race in America. It's been an issue since the founding, since Reconstruction, since Civil Rights, and on up to now. And we have an obviously biracial president-to-be. He's a picture in miniature of what's best about so-called multiculturalism.
    And here in the western world, that's what we're doing - blending, if possible, aspects of every culture into one, under the name of American. Canada, the US, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and all the way south to Tierra del Fuego, we have culture soup.
    Older countries, in general, don't have the problems that come with a mosaic of cultures, or the benefits, although there is hardly an ethnic group anywhere that say it's 'pure'. The English language itself reflects the possibilities, by happily absorbing words and phrases from everywhere, and then claiming them as its own.

    But I digress. I simply think that with a president as an everyday symbol of a dynamic culture, that regular people can relax a bit, knowing that they must be okay, and maybe actually fashionable.

    By Blogger r8r, at 1:52 PM  

  • Yeah, the US is definitely pretty unique in its state of race.

    Alot of places have majority/minority of some type, but almost non other has the depth and diversity of race and origin. (Maybe England/London.)

    As for the broader race point, I'm still waiting to see how the comedians and late night folks handle it. That will define alot of the tone.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 2:31 PM  

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