Wednesday, November 05, 2008


One of our family of readers questioned why she would come to this blog and see an entry about the American presidential election.

Tennis is a global sport on the verge of some major change. Our nation's historic election is a global event ushering in major change. Look what I said about Tsonga's victory in France last Sunday. Look what I said about that race car driver. You think these things are unrelated?

They are not.

The more black and brown and red and yellow people believe that they can become anything they dream, anything at all, the better we will all be. Future world No. 1's in forgotten parts of the globe can envision winning Wimbledon. Do you think Barack Obama could exist without Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe?

The top WTA women, including two black daughters of the ghetto, are duking it out in Doha, a Middle Eastern center of the oil industry and host of the largest Asian Games in history.

These things are not unrelated.

We'll be back to our regularly scheduled program in a minute.

In the meantime, I rejoice in what this nation has achieved. The American Civil War has ended. Finally. I look forward to doing my part to reconstruct her glory.


CAFELA said...

I've been reading your blog for a while now, this is my first post though. I think is great that you have the opportunity to express yourself on all the issues that you feel like giving your ideas and opinions.
I'm a venezuelan girl (well if you can called a 27 year-old a girl LOL) and I am very touched and excited for what your country showed and achived yesterday and I can tell you I'm not the only one who feels this way here. It's an exciting new time and all I can hope for is that other countries and their people will grow and change for the better as well.
So thanks for writting this blog and expressing your opinions, one should never be thankfull enough for having the opportunity to be able to do it!
(sorry for any miss-spealling and for my latin englih :) )

tristann said...

Great post, Craig. This election has been a great historic moment in our nation's history in many ways. And it is only the beginning.

Psst..Doha is not in Spain :)

MMT said...

Lewis Hamilton is the name of the new F1 World champion.

Craig Hickman said...

tristann, I corrected the post. I forgot the championships moved from Madrid to Doha.

All the better for the point I'm trying to make.

rabbit said...

Wonderful post, Craig!

And thanks for your comment, cafela! There is indeed an excitement worldwide in a new US, that is more intelligent and less arrogant. I'm Indian, and I can tell you that the news of Obama's elections is dominating Indian news also. Cafela, I also hope that Venezuela can get back to true democracy and that its leaders place domestic reform (rather than foreign perception) on top of their agenda :)

tangerine said...

I have seen quite a few articles around the web stating that Obama's election to US President was helped along by black athletes who first broke down the race barriers, such as Jackie Robinson and the like. There is definitely a connection.

As I was watching the post election coverage, over and over I kept hearing pundits saying "I never thought I'd see a black man as President in my lifetime." What's amazing to me is that the US was ready for this moment long before anyone realized it. Obama was elected in a landslide only 40-50 years after the civil rights movement. That's only 2 1/2 generations removed! It's amazing.

tristann said...

Tangerine, yes it is amazing.

I'd also like to add that what also makes this election so transcending is that Obama speaks for so many. I am a middle-aged, college-educated, hispanic white single mother and Obama represents me and many like myself better than any president before him. We may have reached a point where a man/woman is truly judged by the content of their character.

oddman said...

You rejoice, Craig! And all other Americans who are part of this historic day. I know others all over the world are rejoicing too.

Oddman is dancing, dancing, dancing.....whoohoo!

lynn said...

I read you blog frequently because I'm a big tennis fan, especially Rafa Nadal. However my comment has to do with our election of President Obama. I am a 40 year old caucasion nurse working in a large city hospital. My coworkers are from all over the world, all various races. The only race who exhibits prejudice against me daily are the African American people I work with. It is an added stress in my job because I must be very careful what I say to a black coworker or how I ask a black coworker for help. I find I cannot "be myself" with them as I can with coworkers from other races. I pray that the election of President Obama will finally go a long way to stop racist feelings by the black community against white people......I pray for a time when each individual can just "be themselves" and not worry about every word they say, that it might be taken as racist to someone.
Thank you, Craig, for your great blog....and may Rafa heal quickly to play in DC in Argentina!

Vicki said...

I watched the election coverage for four hours yesterday even in Australia there was wall to wall coverage of the election. I'm glad Obarma got in and I think he will make an excellent president.

I have to also say that McCain was very gracious in defeat and I hope they can work together to rebuild the USA.

Keep up the good work with your blog Graig your excellent writer not matter what the topic.

HoiHa said...

A man, yes, but women are still treated like trash ...

we have a long way to go there and I doubt a woman will be elected president any time soon even though we are 52% of the American population... did you see those t-shirts "bros before Ho's" ... or the Hilary Clinton "nut crackers" that were for sale in airport shops? Or those guys that yelled at her to iron their shirts?

I am really truly proud that we elected Obama but I am still very sad at how badly they (the media but also the Democratic party) treated Hilary.

Obama had far better campaign skills and he certainly may have been a better choice but that does not excuse the sexism in how they treated her during the primary ....

I am in my 40's - I doubt I will see a woman president in my day based upon what appears to be a level of hatred for women I did not previously know existed (but I guess should have known ... I mean jeez ... Justin Gimelstob got a slap on the wrist)...

So this campaign year has been bttersweet for me ... thrilled about Obama but hurting as a woman.