It’s insane


by Sunny
23rd October, 2008 at 9:20 am    

I’ve not worked this hard for such a long time – and that too for free. It’s almost insane, if it wasn’t for the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of people across this country doing the same. Every morning I see so many people making calls for Obama. People working full day shifts, purely voluntarily. I barely get time to check my email let alone blog.

This weekend I’m off to Las Vegas, Nevada. Initially it was just to see how things happen on the ground in a swing state. Now it turns out Obama will be speaking in Las Vegas on Saturday. I feel like a groupie… but in that I’m not alone. No politician has got Americans this excited for decades, if ever. I’ll post pictures once I take them. History is being made folks – I’m just glad that I’m witnessing it.


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  1. shariq — on 23rd October, 2008 at 10:30 am  

    So the obvious question. What do people make of your accent?

  2. Rumbold — on 23rd October, 2008 at 10:40 am  

    If you say “history is being made” one more time…

  3. Amrit — on 23rd October, 2008 at 11:15 am  

    Wow, Sunny.

    You sure do sound breathless… but I’m sure you’re going to come away from this whole thing with not just a sense of history-in-the-making, but lots of tips on how the British left can ‘regenerate’ ;-) .

    So yeah… good luck!

  4. Rumbold — on 23rd October, 2008 at 11:20 am  

    But I’m sure you’re going to come away from this whole thing with not just a sense of history-in-the-making

    Grrr…

  5. Kismet Hardy — on 23rd October, 2008 at 12:37 pm  

    Sow thy seed in rumbold’s honour and make histree

  6. Refresh — on 23rd October, 2008 at 1:12 pm  

    Sunny, the only thing you should come away with should be how what happens over there finally hits our shores.

    With that in mind, I would suggest its not the politics per se but the ambition that is missing on the left!

  7. Kulvinder — on 23rd October, 2008 at 1:15 pm  

    The perverse side of me still hopes Mccain wins then dies of a heart attack leaving his VP in charge.

  8. Amrit — on 23rd October, 2008 at 1:28 pm  

    Refresh:

    Judging by the stealthy growth of BNP support, I would add ‘an ability to relate and empathise’ to ‘lack of ambition’.

    Everyone keeps going on about Obama’s ability to transcend categories and whatnot… sounds like the kind of thing not just Gordon Brown, but most of the British left could use, if you ask me (haha).

    I mean, you know it’s really not your day when most of the population feels more kinship with a man who went to Eton and Oxford – those veritable BASTIONS of open-armed welcome (welcome of Tory party donations, more like, hur hur) – than Mr. ‘I have a disabled child and a glass eye (I UNDERSTAND SUFFERING AND PARENTHOOD!), and I went to Durham (WHERE NORMAL PEOPLE GO, INNIT!)’.

  9. Pablo — on 23rd October, 2008 at 1:38 pm  

    Well Rumbold, if Obama is elected just forty years after the end of apartheid in southern states of America, an African-American becoming President will be a historical moment. I don’t really see why one should grumble about it. These are exciting times.

    If Obama becomes President I think there will be quite a bit of introspection in the UK amongst ethnic minorities about whether a black, asian or mixed race politician who was the son of an immigrant could ever become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Would the white electorate of Britain ever accept that?

  10. Rumbold — on 23rd October, 2008 at 2:07 pm  

    Pablo:

    Indeed, these are interesting times. But then, most times are interesting. History is always being made.

  11. Pablo — on 23rd October, 2008 at 2:17 pm  

    Yes, that is obvious Rumbold. What you don’t understand, perhaps, is that should Barack Obama be elected, it wil have immense symbolic and historical significance, given the history of the United States of America, founded as it was on the sin of slavery, the legacy of which persisted institutionally until just recently.

    It will also have immense emotional resonance for hundreds of millions of people, and it will be a major moment in the history of people of the African diaspora, and indeed, will be a moment of some emotional significance in the lives of many people living in western countries who are second or third generation descended from immigrants of non white background. It is because of this that people keep repeating how significant a historical achievment we seem to be on the verge of, and because of the emotion they feel about this, they want to express the significance they sense through this phrase. That’s all. Nothing to object to or grumble about, really.

  12. Amrit — on 23rd October, 2008 at 2:20 pm  

    @ Rumbold:

    Yeah, but this is a history hinging simultaneously on the future of a ‘Western superpower’ and one of the most charismatic political figures to emerge from anywhere from a long time.

    So that’s why people are more acutely aware of this particular slice of History (all the racial stuff aside…).

    We yumans, we do like to boil historical happenings down to charismatic people, don’t we! Let’s hope Obama doesn’t forget all the manpower that got him where he might-end-up-being if he wins…

    (Oh yes, and LOL as always @ Kismet Hardy. We need more of your presence on PP!).

  13. Rumbold — on 23rd October, 2008 at 2:38 pm  

    Pablo and Amrit:

    I just don’t care for that phrase. I am not trying to downplay the significance of Barack Obama’s possible victory.

  14. Jai — on 23rd October, 2008 at 4:09 pm  

    I reckon we should all use the phrase “history is being made” as frequently as possible just to wind Rumbold up ;)

    Would the white electorate of Britain ever accept that?

    They will be more likely to accept that if the “black flag of Islam over Downing Street” brigade shut the hell up and stop ruining life for the rest of us.

    Although it wouldn’t make much difference in the case of the rednecks who hate us all anyway.

    Apologies to those who find the use of the word “redneck” offensive. I’d be happy to use the term “cracker” instead if you prefer.

  15. Jai — on 23rd October, 2008 at 4:23 pm  

    ^^I really need to stop absorbing lingo from Chris Rock’s live stand-up shows…..

  16. Pablo — on 23rd October, 2008 at 4:25 pm  

    Glad to hear that Rumbold. I’m sure you understand that there’s really no need to feel irritated by the phrase in this context. Indeed there are occasions when the employment of language that may seem deadened by over use elsewhere is appropriate.

  17. Rumbold — on 23rd October, 2008 at 4:28 pm  

    *splutters at Jai’s comment*

    Pablo:

    But you can see how it would get annoying, even if something important is happening.

  18. BenSix — on 23rd October, 2008 at 4:31 pm  

    “I am not trying to downplay the significance of Barack Obama’s possible victory.”

    Well, I’m going to.

    For me it’ll just be “Hurray! The guy who was a lot less shit than the other guy has got in.”

    “I reckon we should all use the phrase “history is being made” as frequently as possible just to wind Rumbold up”

    An original idea that will no doubt be acted upon…

    One could almost say that history has been made.

    Ben

  19. Pablo — on 23rd October, 2008 at 5:09 pm  

    It would only be annoying if it was applied to an event that was not commensurate to the the term, Rumbold. In this case, the moment justifies the usage.

  20. Boyo — on 23rd October, 2008 at 6:18 pm  

    I’m sure you mean well, but it’s a bit “Guardian-2004″ – liberal Brit telling Yanks how to vote?

  21. Sunny — on 24th October, 2008 at 7:04 am  

    And you think the American election has no impact on British politics? We have a stake in this election too!

    Anyway, I’m not telling anyone how to vote. I’m just trying to galvanise and mobilise Obama supporters. They already outnumber McCain supporters.

  22. Jai — on 24th October, 2008 at 10:19 am  

    History is being made folks – I’m just glad that I’m witnessing it.

    There was actually an article in one of the major British newspapers earlier this week which stated that, due to the current financial crisis and the fact that America is involved in two wars overseas, if Obama wins then — in the view of many historians — this will be the most significant presidential transition since the start of the American Civil War in 1861.

  23. Leon — on 24th October, 2008 at 4:33 pm  

    It really is history in the making, remarkable that in only 40 years since MLK and the civil rights movement American is on the cusp of possibly electing an Black President! :D

  24. Kismet Hardy — on 25th October, 2008 at 9:03 pm  

    And yea MLK was assassinated, and yea there was a riot, and yea obama will be assassinated, and yea there will be a riot

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