Thursday, October 19, 2006

The O's have it!

  • Jen and Vince did not get engaged.
  • Jen's boobs got big because of a 10 pound weight gain. Not from breast surgery.
  • Jen and Vince did not break up.
This is the type of "who the f*ck cares" information we see all around us. Newsworthy apparently.

It ticks me off. Especially when I want to know about the earthquake in Hawaii. Or what's going on in Darfur. Or why Pluto is no longer a planet (newsflash if you didn't know!).

So I rely on Oprah to give it to me straight.

I get to sit and listen for an hour and learn. And cry. And have hope. I see others in the world who care and are doing things to empower others and themselves. It moves me and motivates me to do more. Thank you Oprah!

Which brings me to yesterday's guest: Barack Obama.

Each time I see him he impresses me.

He says what we need to "instill in our country, in our children, is a sense, are you useful? Are you useful to other people? Are you making other people's lives a little bit better?"

Damn! I hope so. I hope I have and continue to do so personally and through the beliefs and values I teach to my son.

He says "My mother taught me empathy—the basic concept of standing in somebody else's shoes and looking through their eyes. If I did something messed up, she'd just say, 'How would that make you feel if somebody did that to you?' That ends up being, I think, at the center of my politics, and I think that should be the center of all our politics."

Empathy. Not apathy. Empathy.

When he was asked about his mother and how sad it must be that she wasn't alive to see him in the limelight as Senator, he replied it was difficult knowing she had never seen her granddaughters.

WOW! That says it all right there. Who he is. An amazing man. An amazing human being raised by an equally amazing mother. I wonder what the world would be like if everyone thought a little more like they did.

4 comments:

Alwyn said...

Good story. Oprah does have good shows, for the most part. It's only when she has lunatics like Tom Cruise jumping on her couch that the quality of her shows take a serious dive. That guy needs to be on medication, I swear!

Misha said...

Agreed! There are some stories I just avoid (like the Janet Jackson episode) but for the most part informative and stuff that should be way more newsworthy.

kim said...

I have grown to not like Oprah so much. I read every tabloid I can get my hands on. I'm a bad, bad very bad person! ;-)

Misha said...

I was off Oprah for a while but I am back on! And Kim, you can be a bad bad person (in a good and bad way)! You know what I mean! Now go give Roscoe a hug and kiss! And remember, MONDAY!!