Waiting with Koko

Tonight I went to see Hillary speak. It was phenomenal. Historical. Beautiful. She walked right by me. I could have reached out and touched her. Or kissed her. But I’m not that big of a freak. I realize she’s not going to turn me into a magic fairy princess with the touch of her hand or get me free health care with the brush of her sleeve (not that I want to be a magic fairy princess – I was just channeling one of my students. I will however take the health care.)

The guy next to me wouldn’t leave her alone

I couldn’t have asked for a more eloquent, on the mark, list of all the issues including health care (my biggy,) the future of green collar jobs and being green period, families, childcare, education, taxes for the rich, the working class, national service (non-military,) the war and withdrawal. Each one detailed and explicitly laid out for me to dream about. It didn’t feel like rhetoric or like she wasn’t saying anything at all, which is the feeling I often come away with when listening to politicians.

Speaking without notes, do you think our current president could pull this off?

I’m not naive. I know they are election promises. And that it’s hard to get ANYTHING productive done in Washington, especially something like universal health care. But I do believe she cares about this country, that she has been a part of trying to make change and that she has her pen ready to sign off on many bills that good ol’ George has refused to sign.

I somehow made it into many of the pictures in the Seattle Times article (left side by Gary Locke’s hand – with the giant part in my hair)

And into a photo in the Seattle PI (same spot, giant part – we had some of the best spots in the hall even though it was by pure luck.)

I’m being open. I’m listening. I’m not making a decision on any one thing; on gender, on race nor am I jumping on the bandwagon of anyone or anything over a few key words and phrases or because everyone else is doing it.

Tomorrow I’m going to see Barack. You come too. Key Arena. 2:00. 12:30

Oh, and I’m counting this as Day 7 – A-Thing-A-Day: MAKING CHANGE!


7 Responses to “Hillary”

  1. I am going to be at Key Area this morning-afternoon, maybe we’ll see each other there??

  2. I hear Obama’s appearance at Key Arena is at 11AM.


    Nice blog!

  3. Oh I wish I could have been there. I don’t care what anyone else says; I love her strength and intelligence and am so proud of her. She can think on her feet and speaks from experience and with wisdom. Go Hillary!

  4. mushroom moon Says:

    Hillary rocks, deciding between her and Obama is very, very hard. I don’t know who I will vote for in the end.

  5. jacksmith Says:

    Bottom Line:

    Like all of you. I know that health care is the most critical, and important issue facing the American people. Now, and in the coming elections. And like the vast majority of the American people, I want HR 676 (Medicare For All) passed into law NOW! “Single payer, Tax Supported, Not For Profit, True Universal Health Care” free for all as a right. Like every other developed country in the world has. See: http://www.house.gov/conyers/news_hr676.htm

    “HR 676:
    For church goers: less money to insur. companies and more to the church- lots more.
    Srs on Medicare: save way over $100/wk. Because no more medigap, long term care & dental insur. needed. No more drug bills.”

    But if we the American people fail to bring enough pressure on our current politicians to get HR 676 passed into law before the elections. We will have to identify, and replace all the politicians standing in the way of passage of HR 676. And, I think the best first place to start is with the politicians that blocked the bipartisan SCHIP bills for the kids. Passed by congress four times.

    But what about the President. It was Bush after all that blocked the bipartisan SCHIP bill passed by congress to assure more health coverage for Americas kids. So which of the presidential hopefuls do I think will be most supportive of implementing the demand of the majority of the American people to have HR 676 (Medicare For All) passed into law immediately!

    We have some very fine presidential candidates who would make good presidents. But none of the top Presidential candidates directly support HR 676, the only true Universal Health Care plan. So I am supporting Hillary Clinton. She is the only top candidate that has ever actually fought for universal health care before.

    I have enormous admiration, and respect for Hillary Clinton. She fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds back in 1993. To prevent this disastrous health care crisis that is now devastating the American people, and America. She fought so hard for the American people that she risk almost completely destroying her husbands presidency. I haven’t forgotten her heroic effort. If any Presidential hopeful for universal health care deserves my support, it’s her.

    Also, if we the American people fail to bring enough pressure on our government to give us HR 676 which we all so desperately need NOW! Then we will need the most skilled politician we can get on our side to broker the best health care plan for the American people that we can get. Though it will be less than we need, and less than we deserve. The politician I think to best do this is Hillary Clinton. The Clinton’s are probably the most skilled politicians in American history.

    The insurance industry, and medical industry that has been ripping you off, and killing you has given Hillary Clinton so much money because they fear her. They have also given Barack Obama so much money because they fear Hillary Clinton. They think they can manipulate Barack Obama against the best interest of the American people better than they can manipulate Hillary Clinton. There is no race issue with Hillary Clinton. The Clinton’s are the poster family for how African Americans want white people to be towards African Americans.

    As always, African Americans are suffering, and dieing in this health care crisis at a much higher rate than any other group in America. The last time there was any significant drop in the African American death rate was when Bill Clinton was president.

    My fellow Americans, you are dieing needlessly at an astounding rate. In higher numbers than any other people in the developed world. Rich, and poor a like. Insured, and uninsured. Young, and old. Men, women, children, and babies. And we the American people must stop it. And fix it NOW! Keep Fighting!!! Never! give up hope. There are millions of lives at stake. Bless you all… You are doing great!

  6. holy crap balls! awesome!

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