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January 20th, 2010

ladychapel: Blue Moon (Default)
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 11:12 am
In all the political news I sifted through this morning, this is the article that best reflects my own perception:

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1630014/20100119/story.jhtml

I'm not surprised at all by how his first year has gone. It's turned out pretty much as I expected.

In the political arena, what took me by surprise this year, and not in a pleasant way, was just how politicized the American Catholic environment had become. I'm so, so tired of going to Mass and hearing subtle and frequently not so subtle references to politics. It's not the place for it.

Incidentally, I just finished reading Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father. In general, I liked it, although it dragged in parts, particularly when he spent too much time writing about the mundane details of his work in Chicago as a community organizer and his trip to Kenya to meet his father's family.

In some ways, he reminds me of myself. His brain seems to work the same way, analytical, pragmatic, always trying to see the big picture. More than that, though, his feeling of being caught between between two worlds, although his circumstances are different, having to do with his biracial heritage rather than adoption. I don't think he fully explores that in the book. Although he's half white, he views himself as black based on his outward appearance, and I don't think that tells the entire story, especially since he was raised by his white family.

Still, I felt a connection with him that I hadn't before reading the book. He is, though, very idealistic, more than I am, at least he appears that way.
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