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    Iím Unexpectedly Connected to Obama

    Remember when I was remarking on the many responses to the Paul Newman article I wrote. I had many more connections than I thought.

    Well, I am finding the same thing with respect to the President Elect Obama.

    Before I had even heard his name mentioned, my sister Debbie who lives in Chicago told me about him as well as my dear friend Nancy Baker in Los Angeles.

    They said he was a brilliant senator from Illinois who had great presidential potential for the next election.

    At that point in time I was a die-hard Hillary fan, so the comments fell on deaf ears. Over the course of the Democratic primaries, I was saddened to see Hillary go, but the more I heard about Obama I was increasingly intrigued as I think many Americans were about his optimistic ideals for the country. I especially liked his ideas about the changes we needed in this country.

    Nancy Baker, my friend from L.A., said this was somebody I should look out for-someone who could definitely make needed changes in the country.

    Debbie said Obama was one to look for as having a much larger audience than just the senator from Illinois.

    As is my nature, I am resistant to change in any venue. But when it came down to a choice between McCain and Obama-it was a no-brainer for me.

    But back to my connections to Obama.

    My friend Michael Fosberg in Chicago went to the Grant Park celebration after the election as did my niece Elizabeth, Debbie’s daughter.

    Debbie said she was afraid to go, that the celebration might be too raucous. But that isn’t what Michael said about it. Michael is an actor who discovered his African-American heritage late in life and began a one-man show called “Incognito” about that experience.

    Here’s what he wrote me in an e-mail:

    “I was down in Grant Park the night of the election and I can honestly say I have never experienced anything like the energy and joy and elation that I saw in the crowd that night!!  It was beyond electric!!!! Glad to hear you guys are well and staying busy.  I am crazy busy - leaving for San Francisco early in the morning - touring my show all over the place. This election has certainly helped my business as everyone now wants to talk about race and identity!!  I have a really full schedule into the spring and am beginning to look at the fall already! Very exciting.  My book is supposed to be published on April 1st, and am both scared and excited about that prospect.

    Be well, and stay in touch...

    Love,

    Michael”

    For more on Michael, go to http://www.incognitotheplay.com/documents/who.html.

    I’ve been listening to Obama’s audio book, read by him, called “The Audacity of Hope” read by the author and I heartily recommend it to you. He’s not only a great thinker, but a good reader as well.

    I leave you with great positive thoughts about this country. Carry on, guys.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com