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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

For President Obama...
I'd like to say that I'm tight with our new president, but because I know that millions of people are descending upon Washington DC today...I don't think so.

Regardless, let's just say this.....I am lucky.

Today, I get to witness history. The kind of history that is written about in moldy old history books. The kind that you read about as an 8th grader and thought, I wonder what it was like?"

Today, I get to be a part of that.

I know a lot of people don't like the idea of Obama as president. They're scared. They're worried. They think x, y and z. Regardless of how you feel about Obama--he is our president. Just as those history books have shown, our president will change from time to time. People get "fed up" with what they see. So they give another person a chance. That's what America did. They said, "OK, Obama. You said you could fix it. We'll give you 4 years. GO!"

Thinking of what he has to deal with....nothing is more fitting than my favorite poem by Dr. Seuss. If you read through it, it's funny how it clearly matches what Obama has and will face on his journey.





Oh, the Places You’ll Go!--by Dr. Seuss
Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street. And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener therein the wide open air. Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen,don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.


OH!THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true and hang-ups can happen to you. You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurchwith an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a slump. And when you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind. You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place……for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting. NO! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go!

There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV. Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t. I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win’cause you’ll play against you. All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot. And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on. But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up manya frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike and I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are. You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Brayor Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!

4 comments:

Tater Mama said...

I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am so see a positive post about President Obama. I'm crazy about him and wept during today's inauguration.

And Dr. Seuss's book? Perfect.

hulagirlatheart said...

Great observation with the story. Love it!!

andy said...

That is one long poem! Stopping by from SITS for a visit...

And what a great analogy to draw from the situation Barack Obama has dove headfirst into.

Take care,

Andrea

Aubrey said...

OMGosh! Fitting indeed! I loved it. I have never seen this Dr. Seuss poem before! I love it. I love Obama!