Wednesday Vignette – our new dawn

Say what you will about the aftermath rumors and speculations of Oprah’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globe ceremony on Monday night – the speech itself was one helluva speech! And, to my mind, Oprah is one helluva human. I harbor deep respect and admiration for her. Although she is a talented actress, a discerning journalist, and a most gifted media entrepreneur, I really don’t want her to run for president.

There are people who change the world, and there are people who change minds. Those who change minds, can support those who change the world. If I had my druthers, I would want an experienced states person and policy maker, with decades of nuts and bolts experience in shaping our world for the better, to do the dirty work of a presidency. But as far as Oprah throwing her weight and journalistic scrutiny behind select politicians – and changing minds in the process – I’d be all for it. In fact, I would probably take her endorsement as a reason to seriously consider “her” candidate(s) – a testament as to how much I respect her values and her great, big, generous heart.

The nature of the speculative murmurs that erupted post-speech, I thought were beautifully dissected and analyzed in this article from Slate Magazine. Her speech wasn’t about her – it was about us. (Which, as a friend succinctly pointed out, made her all the more presidential.) The article decries our tendency to clamor for someone else to lead us, rather than consider the ways we ourselves can step up to the plate. Which was the gist of Oprah’s words – it takes a village, and an empowered village is far more powerful than a submissive one. And we all play a part in that village. Anyway, the sum of what she said on that stage, sent a beam of light into the doldrums of our disintegrating democracy. I thought the photo from last spring illustrated how she made me feel quite well. We all have that light within. It’s a new dawn.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – our new dawn

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Qualifications do not seem to be as important as popularity anymore.

    • annamadeit says:

      Crazy, isn’t it? It’s a very disturbing trend….

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes, it is scary that this is what has become of the government of the most powerful country in the World. I really like Oprah is SO many ways, and I really dislike almost all of the politicians in SO many ways; but I really do not believe that mixing the two is a practical solution I remember when President Obama was campaigning for the presidency, and so many of my friends in Southern California voted for him just because he is black, as if that was his only qualification. Just as may people voted for Hilary Clinton because she is (somehow considered to be) a woman, or just because she was not Donald Trump. You would think that with SO many qualified people in American that there would be more qualified candidates to choose from.

        • annamadeit says:

          I agree…. Let’s hope they all decide to come out of hiding, and stream out of the woodwork en masse for the 2018 midterms. Even if many are novice politicians, I think two years of work in that environment would totally separate the wheat from the chaff. All my fingers and toes are crossed for a positive change that will break up the gridlock. There are way to many urgent issues to tackle – we don’t have time to mess around.

  2. Tina says:

    I didn’t hear the speech, though I’ve read excerpts. I think the analysis about the speech being directed at “us” is probably spot on, or, at least I hope so. I’m not a fan of this lean toward the President of the United States being an entry level position, available for those who’ve never held any governmental position before. I do hope you’re right though–a new dawn.

    • annamadeit says:

      I agree – for as much as I’d *like* to think that the opposite would be true, in the real world, serving in the highest office takes a lot more that good intentions and a good heart. I want someone who’s spent a lifetime enacting policy changes, and who knows the processes on how to get things done – without relentless reliance on executive orders.

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Gorgeous picture and great thoughts. What an inspiring speech by this amazing woman.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Peter! Yes, that is one of her greatest gifts to humanity – her ability to inspire. We need more of that, to coax our complacent asses into real world action (outside of Twitter and FB).

  4. Great photo and great speech by Oprah. I agree with you though about her running for President. I think she would be too devisive and controversial. We need a candidate with a broader appeal who can beat the nut that is currently in there.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes – I totally agree. Although, if she really, truly had presidential aspirations, there is a midterm election coming up, where she could try her skills and political savvy out, if so inclined. I know I would be FAR more likely to vote for someone who at least has SOME inkling of how government works… Especially when looking at the infantile moron that is currently in the WH…good grief!

  5. Alison says:

    I watched the Golden Globes and found Oprah’s speech to be very inspiring, but it never once entered my mind that it sounded presidential. I was dumb-founded the next day to read all the stuff that was being said about Oprah 2020. C’mon, people! No. Just, no. And who do you think is fomenting all the debate on social media about it? I bet there’s plenty of Russian trolls in there. I refuse to join that. Here’s my WV: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2018/01/wednesday-vignette_10.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Alison – she was marvelously inspiring, which is what she does so well, so no surprise there. I think you’re absolutely right about the trolls…. Staying W-A-Y clear of that insanity… sheesh!

  6. Kris P says:

    I’ve always been impressed by Oprah and I think she made a great speech but, while it’s wonderful to think of having someone articulate in the White House again, I don’t want her to run for President either. I won’t be happy to see any of the other entertainment industry celebrities that have floated such notions run either. Like you, I hope they’ll add their passionate support to elect a qualified, experienced candidate in 2020 and in the various congressional offices open to do-overs this year.

    My WV is rain-related as you might expect given our looong dry period, although it’s not as cheerful as it started out: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2018/01/wednesday-vignette-rain-effects.html

  7. hb says:

    I found the speech very inspiring, all else aside.

    I’ve been pondering the Presidency in a historical vein–who have we elected in the past? Not being a participant in “social media” I can ponder in solitude. Generals: Washington, Jackson, Grant, Eisenhower. Quite a lot of lawyers, naturally. Obama and Wilson were academics. Both Roosevelts, both Bushes, Kennedy, and Trump were born wealthy and well connected. Not all successful Presidents had a long career in various elected offices. The President who bears the closest resemblance to Oprah career-wise is, yes: Ronald Reagan.

    The recent most vastly experienced executive was Dick Cheney, who could work a bureaucracy like no one else since Lyndon Johnson. Some sort of lesson there…

    I wonder if Oprah would be considered a viable candidate by more if her success had come in a field other than daytime talk TV, which is perceived as rather a frivolous industry mostly inhabited by pretty faces and empty heads. What if her success had come as a CEO of an industrial or technology company? If she had been the long time head of say, IBM, or General Motors, and given that same speech, how would you feel about her as a candidate?

  8. sweetbay says:

    Yeah, I don’t want Oprah to run for president either. For God’s sake we need someone who qualified in the political sphere, and Oprah is not. Of course neither is Trump. He’s also narcissistic, ignorant of the issues he’s making decisions on, and not a quarter as bright as he thinks he is. I’m also sure that he’s in the early stages of dementia. He’s practically incoherent.

    • annamadeit says:

      I know… right? You want to be able to feel admiration, reverence, and respect for the top dog of the land, but for him, I only feel embarrassment and disgust.

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