Well, it appears likely that Barack Obama – if he can maintain his current momentum – will eventually win enough delegates to receive te Democratic Party’s nomination for president. And that’s just fine with me. (In fact, Tim is quite a supporter of Obama.) I would be perfectly happy with him OR Hillary Clinton in the White House. Even John McCain is much preferable than any of the other potential Republican nominees. And the idea of the first African American president – after 200+ years of white men running the country – is pretty darn exciting.
I’m just not ready to give up the idea of possibly having the first ever female president. As a kid, I was told (like most other kids in the country) “You can be whatever you want to be when you grow up!” And while this is not exactly true (I couldn’t really be a rocket scientist, for example, but that limitation is due more to my brain capacity than my gender), there have been incredible strides in gender roles over the past few decades, since I grew up in the 1970s. Heck, my kids have a female doctor who has a male nurse. And we don’t think anything of it.
But president? Well, no girl has ever grown up to be president yet. And while it may be true that Hillary Clinton (regardless of her qualifications to actually BE president) may not be the best candidate to run against a Republican, the girl in me can’t help but dream of finally having a woman running the country. I’m not even certain that she’s the best candiate. (I didn’t really have to choose, thanks to the Michigan Democratic Party.) And I’m just not quite ready to let go of that dream yet.
Anybody else feel this way? How about those of you who are Republicans – pretend it’s a female Democratic candidate but not Hillary Clinton, if you have to – how do you feel about the possibility of a woman president?