The video reminds me of the wave of euphoria and optimism which swept the globe, when, 40 odd years after institutionalized segregation in the American South–in buses, schools, cafeterias and water fountains–Americans redeemed their dark history of slavery and segregation by electing a black man as their President.
I thought of Wordsworth’s lines on the French Revolution,
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!--Oh! times, In which the meagre, stale, forbidding ways Of custom, law, and statute, took at once The attraction of a country in romance!
P.S. I enjoyed this comment on the Youtube video, “I’m not just as Irish as Barack Obama, I’m even more Irish than him, ’cause I’m actually Irish!”
. So on these pews, inside this very church, the president’s antecedents on his Irish side worshipped here on a regular basis.”
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