The 2008 campaign gave birth to some brand new stars – like Joe The Plumber, Obama Girl, and a slew of other unlikely suspects.
As a parent, the one’s that captured my attention most were the children because they are the future. They are the ones that will take the lessons of this moment in history and create their own. Also, I was scanning the online slideshows highlighting the obligatory photos with the candidates as they kissed all those babies during the 2008 campaign trail stops (lol). Then, I began to think of the youngest kids of both President-Elect Barack Obama and Alaskan Governor/ Republican VP Pick Sarah Palin – Miss Sasha Obama and Miss Piper Palin (both 7 year olds). After hours on the political trail with their parents, would anyone be surprised to see them (as feisty as they appear to be), pick up the baton from their parents in years to come? I mean in 2050, they will both be in their 40’s, precisely the age of Mom and Dad when – their roads to the White House began.
Imagine It –
The year is 2048, and world is preparing for another unprecedented presidential run. We are moving about in our high tech, energy efficient cars that we fill up with corn by -products. We are checking email or something on gadgets the size of an ipod – when a signal comes in from the newsrooms safely situated on Mars. I place my grandchild down to gather my signals for an historic announcement.
Sasha Obama and Piper Palin (both 46 year olds) are on live declaring that with family legacy in hand and an old boys network still dominant in Washington, they are seeking CHANGE, Maverick Style (of course) and have both decided to seek the Presidency of the United States of America. So the story goes, as they both campaign vigorously – ripping their competition to shreds. Of course, no, one is surprised at their success – considering their history and upbringing.
Now, as they prepare to appear in front of thousands of delegates at their respective conventions – both Sasha Obama and Piper Palin accept their parties’ nomination for President. Reporters begin buzzing and snapping photos as Ms. Obama and Ms. Palin acknowledge that the trail has been long – but they are happy to have added a few billion cracks in the ceiling the Hillary Clinton dented a few short decades ago,with their Party nominations firmly in hand. As both Sasha and Piper move on to the next phase of their campaigns – they make history as the first two women to simultaneously headline their party tickets as candidates for President.
2050 – Will we have to wait that long?