You know how you can only remember seven of the eight reindeers' names? Or 11 of the 12 Jewish tribes?
Well, I find that "year in review" posts work in the reverse: I never have trouble coming up with what to review. The trouble is in keeping the review to a manageable size.
The election of Barack Obama to serve as the 44th President of the United States does not bring and end to racism nor racial politics. However, the election of the first non-white president will likely have an effect on political engagement and involvement (empowerment) of not only African Americans but other racial and ethnic groups as well.
The Obama girls, Malia and Sasha,
are so adorable. They make America smile every time they skip onto the
stage with their father, and we're communally delighted to know their
good behavior during the campaign will be duly rewarded with a puppy.
Pumpkin and Pecan evaded the terrible fate of those poor Sarah Palin Wasilla turkeys thanks to President Bush, whose mind is apparently more focused on pardons than on our tanking economy these days.
America's new first family is multicultural and diverse, so I'm holding out hope that a Barack Obama cabinet will be a diverse one, too, but not just on ethnicity. I want to see plenty of lipstick and mascara around the first cabinet meeting held by President Obama, too.
When lots of names of men started getting floated as cabinet possibilities in the days immediately after the election, my heart sank and I started to feel a little anxious.
Where were all the women's names? In 2008, surely there could more than a few token mentions.