Yes We Can: Hillary Clinton Made Me Cry

Let me start by saying I don’t like Hillary Clinton.

But I got teary eyed watching her tonight during the Democratic National Convention. There were two moments that got me: Her introduction video when she said, “See, you can be whatever you want to be,” and in her speech when she talked about women getting the right to vote and her mother being born before women could vote and her daughter being able to vote for a woman for president.

All my life women and minorities have had the right to vote and have had other equal rights and I’ve never thought much of it. But when you realize that only white men have ever been the face of this country’s highest office, it sends a clear message and you begin to wonder about those equal rights. It’s one thing to say a woman or a black man or a Latino woman or a Jewish man could be president, but it’s another thing to see it happen.

I got teary eyed because this election year a woman and a black man had a chance to be elected President of the United States, and for the first time I realized what that meant for my daughter and my soon-to-be-adopted black child. I can tell them, and reality will back me up, that they can be whatever they want to be.

You could say that fatherhood has made me soft, and you’d be right. Thanks to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for proving you can be whatever you want to be.

One thought on “Yes We Can: Hillary Clinton Made Me Cry”

  1. So I just responded to your twitter, and then I realized that I don’t think I’ve ever even left a comment here before.

    I started reading your blog a year or two ago, from Church Marketing Sucks. Up until a month ago, I was on staff at a mega-church in communications. Now, I’m a full-time graduate student at a state university, and so glad to be out of the bubble of church for the first time in my life. (Grew up a PK in a mega-church, and went to a small Bible college, then worked for two churches.)

    I really have enjoyed reading your adoption journey, as well as your art adventures, and your interest/unease with how many things are in the church. Looking forward to commenting more in the future!

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