“This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light,” says Michelle Obama.
Previously, it was believed by some primitive “religious” folk that it was God who did such things: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Now, though, we understand to whom we should really look for such blessings:
But did we not already know? Did not our hearts burn within us as he spoke to us of his mission to our world?
“I am absolutely certain,” Barack Obama testified back in June 2008 when he definitively claimed the Democratic presidential nomination, “that, generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
And we do, don’t we?
I mean, already we’ve begun to see clear signs of the dawning millennial era of peace, justice, and plenty.
On the other hand, it’s difficult, no matter how hard we try, even to remember those dark years under George Bush and Darth Cheney, when many people lacked jobs, when we had poor folks in our midst, when hunger and war ravaged much of the planet, when environmental challenges threatened us, when crimes were still being committed, when ethnic frictions marred the harmony of our cities, when courts often had to settle disputes, and when partisan divisions hindered smooth and easy legislation.