A new presidential inauguration declaration looms on the horizon: “This is a new day.”
But the question which remains is do you want to become a millionaire and will there be change? Is the game show of life, a fantasy or present reality? Or is it a ball of fun and the Obamas partying and singing with the youth last Tuesday a showcase of not seriously planting or regenerating for our bleak economic future?
There is hope. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. The month of January singles a new resolution beginning for some determined individuals in the United States. But can President Obama singularly change the world with the last dance or will the prince not find the shoe and Congress never approve his key plan to economic success? On the horizon is a new classification and order system. Experience was not the greatest factor during his election. His election was unprecedented. A new African American president elected by voters serving as investors cutting across wide and various racial and social barriers. They were willing to risk the future inspired by a past Lincoln era with great hopes for the future, but the soil test lies in the dirt makeup.
Following his election lead, sponsors also lent their support to the Youth Inaugural Ball (one of 10 official galas) as part of inaugural activities. A Cinderella-type social function – Obama and his wife, Michelle, serenaded the crowd with their presence to the tune of At Last, an Etta James song turned inaugural theme tune sung earlier in the day by Beyonce at the Neighbhorhood Ball. MTV and ServiceNation played a major role as hosts of the event which showcased Michelle Obama’s elegant outfit, and the ability of the Obamas to intermingle across racial and demographic lines with the crowd which included new voters of the future: teens and part of Generation Y. Only top selected individuals ages 18-35 were invited; entertainers at the Washington Hilton event included Fall Out Boy, Kanye West and Kid Rock. (President George Washington attended the first youth inaugural ball).
And he returned the vote favor by “dancing.” Or was it too little too late and has the clock already struck at midnight and his “old School” dance and the formal two-step outdated?
Young supporters don’t seem to think so. Some Atlanta area youth want to invest in his plan. Christopher Williams, 14, said “I would consider farming (with soil rejuvenation) because you always need food in time of recession.”
Obama knows there will be critics, but he remains inspired. “It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest, the work of making sure the world we leave our children is just a little better than the one we inhabit today,” he said.
He has a vested personal interest. With two daughters, Malia,10, and Sasha, seven, who were recently treated to a performance by their favorite act, the three-brother music band, Jonas Brothers, Obama cannot afford wasteful spending on the backs of his children. He is careful, hedging his bets of sorts with inspirational messages of hope hoping the new seeds of politics will generate a new crop where soil has been stripped. Obama faces daunting challenges: getting Congress to pass an $825 billion economic stimulus plan which calls for four million jobs during the next two years.
Using a three-step recovery plan, Obama warned Congress this weekend of the need for an expedited plan approval. He hopes fixing both market regulation and the instability of the nation’s financial system with the economic stimulus plan will eventually lead to bipartisan support in Congress. Note: The House will vote Wednesday on the plan and the Senate unveiled its own plan Friday.
His benefit package during this planting season includes a different mission than some past presidents. The fine print signals his agenda may be rooted in good ground and is being planted not with a transplant mentality, but one different from the materialism, selfishness and self-centeredness possibly of the past which some experts say led to the downward spiral of our economy. Some scholars say there are four types of ground: good, trodden down (hard), stony (lacking depth and shallow) and thorny (non-productive with a want to be rich mentality). Most farmers state only the good ground produces a great harvest because the sower plants and cultivates seed with the proper mix of sodium, nitrogen and carbon under favourable conditions: water and sunshine.
To reminisce and be nostalgic for a moment can be good therapy but there must be a heart change for Obama’s agenda to work. Some youth in the last decade danced their problems away with the Calloway Brother’s 1989 catchy hit, I Wanna Be Rich. Others were more reflective and swaggered to Mo Money Mo Problems featuring the late Notorious B.I.G., Sean “Puffy” Combs and Mase in 1997 and became a part of the shiny suit era in hip-hop. With vocals by singer Kelly Price and sampling of the Diana Ross song, I’m Coming Out, music enthusiasts helped the second single on the “Life After Death” album become #1 in the Hot 100. Despite the tragedy of his death there were posthumous honors for Notorious B.I.G. – the song was nominated for a Grammy. A biopic of his life was released nationally this month and is distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The lyrics were a foreshadowing of past greed and materialism in the United States and are presently demonstrative with full exposure of the sins of our fathers. Some of the more accurate words in the song included “the more money, we come across, the more problems we see.”
Two other Atlanta youth, the voices of the future, echoed the song’s sentiments but believe in investing in farming and soil regeneration for the future. They recognize that the heart is like soil and can be reconditioned for a plentiful harvest. If given a career or economic choice, “I (would select) farming, because I enjoy it and it’s easier,” said Ashley Talmadge, 14. Amber Miller, 15, echoed her and added, “I (chose) farming because people depend on food.”
The youth inaugural ball was titled “Be the Change.” Obama transcended age and era at the ball with the crowd by saying the dance with his wife was “old school.” Some critics wonder whether there will be a rainbow or were his words an act, branding or imagery for colorful staging and a backdrop.
Taking the prophetic words of the Pentecostal-bred and Grand Rapids, Michigan-raised singing family group of the 1980s who were initially compared to the Jackson 5, some critics prefer the words of the 1983 DeBarge hit, Time Will Reveal which was covered by Boys II Men and other performers. They are solemn, but bracing themselves with caution and reserve as the United States faces a deepening recession reminiscent of the job layoffs and economic blight of the 1980s which spurred a deterioration of urban neighborhoods with the selling and buying of crack cocaine.
Our troubles can’t be sung away. But the public retelling of triumph over tragedy and the wait and see game of patience can be found in the Eldra DeBarge sung lyrics, “I know just how you feel, but this time love’s for real, in time it will reveal, that special love that’s deep inside of us.” Most voters are not expecting overnight success or daily miracles, but some economic experts believe with short and long term nationwide support Obama can save the last dance for all of us.