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Pumps And Circumstance, A Gay Looks Forward To The Obama Inauguration

Updated on January 19, 2009

Well kids, it’s almost here (or if you’re reading this after the fact it’s all ready happened) but how can all of us Americans (and the world) not be simply busting at the seams at the fact that after many a year of being the picture of an apathetic society at its best, we finally have a reason to be excited (in a good way) again? The importance and historic relevance of what is about to happen has not been lost on me. Yet even as we stand on the eve of this historic event, I can’t help but think of the pumps and circumstance, a gay looks forward to the Obama inauguration – Don’t Get Me Started!

It could be because I’ve spent the last twenty years of my life with a black man at my side that I feel the importance of having a black first family (though I don’t profess to truly understand what it must mean for my partner and all of the African Americans) but more than the fact that he’s a black man, for me it’s about having someone so eloquent (and without a southern accent) in the White House who when he speaks makes me believe. Makes me believe that we finally have someone in the White House who not only is so incredibly intelligent but that we have a statesman who will bring the world back into thinking that us Americans sure are something.

However I wouldn’t be a gay if I didn’t say I was worried at the same time. Worried that Mrs. Obama will make another fashion blunder as she did on the night of the acceptance – who will ever forget that black widow spider inspired dress? Okay, I get the whole black and red thing with her and the “first girls” but Michelle we gays are worried about you and your designer choices.

But how can I be so insipid as to be worried about such trivial things as fashion when each day I get something else in my email letting me know that we as human beings, as gay human beings, as American gay human beings are finally getting someone in the most powerful position in the world who doesn’t hate us and more to the point, believes in us too? I know, he hasn’t repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell yet and he hasn’t shown support for gay marriage but with every move he makes the more us gays see more than hope but the possibility that we’re finally getting a place at the table (and not just as a cater waiter at the event).

I saw the film, Milk the other night. As a gay man of a certain age there were no real revelations there as Harvey Milk lived quite the public life but when you think of how hard he fought to gain the acceptance for so many you can’t help but wonder what would happen if he had lived to see this day? Or what Martin Luther King, Jr. might think or a million other trailblazers and leaders who fought for the rights of all Americans might think of this inauguration?

So you see, while many may might think that us gays are going to worry about Michelle Obama’s fashion or the flowers at the affair, I’m one gay who is just going to sit back proud that I’m alive to see this day and all the days that will come forward. Because while our economy and many other systems in this country are clearly broken, the one thing that hasn’t been broken is my spirit or my belief in the man who will be facing all of these challenges with intelligence and surrounding himself with the best people possible be they gay, straight or any of the million other labels we tend to like to put on one another. Who knows, maybe this will stop all those closeted politicians from being so closeted? Or not. But isn’t this an exciting and remarkable time to live? I invite everyone to sit back and watch the pumps and circumstance, a gay looks forward to the Obama inauguration – Don’t Get Me Started!

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      Mike Kage 8 years ago from New Hampshire, New England, USA, North America

      An interesting take, Scott, but I do like it.  "May you live in interesting times".  These will, indeed, be interesting times.  I certainly hope the Obama presidency becomes what America NEEDS it to be, not what America WANTS it to be.  Our needs clearly outweigh our wants at this delicate stage of the 'American Experiment'

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I think we all feel it (less that country club set, perhaps)...the optimism in the belief that this administration will take the lead in setting aside racial and gender differences in favor of encouraging the best there is in any person. Well said, Scott.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      There does seem to be a sense of jubilant anticipation -- not just in the US, but worldwide -- that this is THE historic event of our lifetimes. Having watched yesterday's festivities at the Lincoln Memorial, I am encouraged at the unity that Mr. Obama's inauguration is bringing to the office and the country. I started to say it's a study in dichhotomies, but really, it isn't. It comes across as perfect synergy. It's all sincere and REAL. And joyous! Americans are feeling good about their leadership again!

      I can't think of a group of people that could possibly be unhappy with what's happening. Well, maybe I can -- but they've had their time and they can go off to their country clubs and pout. We've got work to do!

      As to Michelle Obama's fashion choices, already women all across America are copying her "style" (she apparently went on TV in a $30 dress from somewhere like Walmart that soon sold out). If you remember other first ladies, their fashion sense became more evolved/refined as the months went on. Michelle will be advised that a black widow spider is perhaps not the image she wishes to project (although it is pretty funny, given who she is, dontcha think???!!!)

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      Kelly W. Patterson 8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      I like it Scott. The hub that is.