Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Please order one "Pope Bubble" size extra large

So I have to admit that I have a fear. It's one that I have had since August and I can't seem to shake it.

I am afraid that someone will shoot and kill our President Elect.

When I saw him on TV in August at the DNC speech in my hometown all I could think of was "What are you doing standing way out there? Don't you know that you have daughters to love? What will they do if you die?" And then when the podium sunk into the stage and he walked out with his family and Biden? Oh my gosh - I almost peed because I was so nervous. It didn't help that I had delayed my watching of the speech by about 10 minutes. I started watching it late (one of the many reasons I love Tivo) and when I heard the cannons go off (I live relatively close to Mile High Stadium) I thought he might have been shot. But I didn't want to fast forward through his I continued watching it with a pit in my stomach and an ear out for sirens.

When I saw his speech last night, I was also afraid. Doesn't he know that anyone could've come into that park with a gun?

I have never had this fear before. There are people in this world that I would gladly take a bullet for, but I've found myself wanting to protect Obama. I have never been so concerned with the safety of someone I do not know. The Pope has a Popemobile, right? Can't we incase Obama in a Pope Bubble of some sort? Something to protect him in any given situation? Can I donate money to help fund a closet full of bulletproof vests?

I'm concerned he'll get shot or blown up. I think it's less about the hatred from people who cannot stand to see a black man in power. I think it's more due to several world changing leaders, especially those who spoke about peace, love, responsibility, and change getting shot down. JFK, Bobby Kennedy, MLK Jr., Lincoln, and of course Carl Switzer (the guy who played Alfalfa on The Little Rascals) are all great examples. Seriously though, I am concerned. Our parents remember the hope that was alive when JFK was President - and then he was shot. If this is the election of our generation, doesn't it seem realistic to be concerned about a tragedy of equal magnitude?

I wonder if it's because I never really felt like any other candidate would make things markedly better or worse than where we were during that time. And now that I've found a politician that sparks hope in me - hope for this country that I didn't even know could be tapped into, I'm scared of losing it.

I don't fool myself into thinking that he is perfect, that he will never make a mistake. He is not perfect and he will make mistakes. But I also hope that he will bring change and healing to this country and it's citizens who have been hurting for far too long.

So if any of Obama's secret service agents stumble across this post (hey, it happened with the bed people), please just keep him safe.

Alright, for you readers who are tired of politcal posts, I'm offiically backing off.

P.S. The irony of being so fearful about the end of someone who stands for hope is not lost on me.


Ginger said...

I'm with you on this. I want to protect the president, especially considering our country's track record. I felt the same way about W too, just because it would be a travesty for an American president to be shot. But there is something that seems very vulnerable about Obama. Maybe it is the message..

Rest assured, though, Obama was well protected at his victory speech. Apparently there were bullet proof glass panels on all sides, including above him in case the surrounding buildings had a sniper in them.

Sad, isn't it.

Bonnie said...

I had the same fear while watching his acceptance speech, then I caught a glimpse of the glass and realized how protected he actually was. I commented to my husband that it must have been a secret service nightmare trying to secure the park and the surrounding buildings. I think as a mother I would have a hard time allowing my children to be around him in public for the fear that someone would attempt to try and kill him. I thought Michelle Obama was very brave allowing her children to come out on the stage with them.

POD said...

I have thought of this happening many times. I think it's best to put it out of your head -- that's what I'm doing..each time I think about it, I'm going to switch the thought.
You can't spend every day wondering if that's going to happen. Why didn't anyone do that to GWB? I mean, it's not like he didn't give us good reason every week. And how about Sarah P? I mean, I'm surprised she didn't shoot herself out of a helicopter (with her stupidity). I know that's mean but still.
One reason I was frightened to vote for BO was because I didn't want to have any part of this happening, just in case. But come on...we have to take the risk if he is willing to take the risk. It's going to be worth it. Not death or being shot, but him having been elected.

End of crazy rant.

Patty said...

I also have mentioned this to many people. It would be such a tragedy to have that happen.

SuperDave said...

It's funny that you shoulds say that. I live in TN *deep south* where bigotry and prejudice rares it's ugly head daily ! I can't tell you the times that I have heard someone say that "someone is going to shoot him." Sad it is that people look at the color of someones skin or their appearance and can't see past that.