We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country—all of us—
facing the stars
hope—a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it—together
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden moments after the television networks called the election in their favor, while watching election returns at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 6, 2012.
Downtown Chicago is the place to be!! #obama2012
Scariest, or most urgently scary, was Romney’s utter disinterest in foreign affairs, and how little he’d prepared to disguise it, as though he thought it didn’t matter. His only moment of true verve seemed to come relating a conversation with a business owner, puzzling out the source of counterfeit valves.
When Bob Schieffer asked what the candidates considered the greatest future threat to American security, the obvious answer, to my mind, was climate change. Potential for new, unpredictable national imperatives, risks to infrastructure, threats to economic fundamentals, geographic flashpoints? But of course that, like so much else, was unsayable. Romney doesn’t admit climate change is real or in his purview, so Obama doesn’t even need to broach the topic.
Maybe after the election he’ll have, as he puts it, greater flexibility.
But in four years, when we have to go through all this again, will the GOP be any closer to admitting empirical evidence into its considerations? How long can we sustain a national sprint in which one party is fundamentally unsuited to running a twenty-first century country?
President Obama’s remarks to the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner
October 18, 2012
Khan: “I’ve given you no word to keep.”
This, of course, right before Kirk fires back.