In the euphoria the Election night victory, I watched our Wesleyan students celebrating the victory of a man whom they had embraced and in whom they had invested their hopes. Although all were aware of the polls predicting a victory, I don’t think many of them quite believed it would happen. They waved an American flag, chanted “O-bam-a, O-bam-a,” and felt a powerful sense of hope in our collective future. When somebody played “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” over the speakers, these young men and women danced with enthusiasm at a song they no longer associated with their parents but with our new president-elect.
…I thought of our President-elect’s Commencement Address… as I watched our students celebrating this stage in their political education and in the complex narrative of Barack Obama. It was a raucous party, and the celebrations took place in a context of political and social stability unburdened by fear. This is nothing to take for granted… We could express our joy and excitement while also inviting those who supported the Republican ticket to join in what was turning into a party for our political process. One of our students approached me to say that patriotism isn’t a sentiment you feel only when your candidate wins. He is right, and I trust that in the months and years ahead we will remember our strong feelings of solidarity on Election night even as we disagree about policies and governmental tactics.
Is he talking about Mytheos?